January 22, 2009 question

Cordelia is one of the moons of Uranus. You all guessed either Saturn or Jupiter and totally forgot about Uranus.

Oh come on. Like you didn’t start thinking up jokes the second you saw what the answer was. But let’s turn our minds to higher, more noble, more edifying subjects . . . like Oscar nominations. Unfortunately, Heath Ledger’s Best Supporting bid is the only big nomination for The Dark Knight. I haven’t checked the rules, but apparently my watching a film completely excludes any movie from Best Picture contention. (My condolences go out to Speed Racer and his family.)

However, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were both nominated in the Best Actor/Actress in a Lead Role categories*, because the voters of the Academy didn’t think the rest of the world was quite jealous enough. Here’s today’s question:

Aside from Pitt and Jolie, name one of the five other married couples who received acting nominations in the same year.**

*How enlightened is it to segregate the actor and actress awards? Why are the men competing against the men and the women against the women? Is there a different range of difficulty or something? Just wondering.

**Okay, I admit, that’s really not a question. It’s more of a command, which seems kind of rude, I guess. “Name one. Now!” You don’t have to if you don’t want to. I’m sure you understand.

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