These five goos are some of the intriguing real people behind this year's crop of Oscar-nominated films, coinciding with Funeratic's annual Predict the Oscars contest.



Hergé

publication date: Friday, February 10, 2012

category: Comics

clue: Transforming European art over sixty years must have been quite an adventure.

explanation: HergĂ© was the author of The Adventures of Tintin, a series of 23 comic books published over sixty years that introduced a new art style to the European tradition. A film based on the books was nominated for an Oscar in 2012. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, and Aaron Shurtleff


Edward de Vere

publication date: Thursday, February 9, 2012

category: Mysteries

clue: Hacker collectives can accomplish a lot these days, but they probably can't confirm whether this British earl actually wrote Shakespeare's plays.

explanation: The Oscar-nominated film Anonymous, no relation to the hackers, concerned the popular theory that de Vere wrote some or all of Shakespeare's plays. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, and Erik Bates


Zelda Fitzgerald

publication date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

category: Literature

clue: Along with her husband, a fellow novelist, this flapper and feminist icon was among the historical figures portrayed in Midnight in Paris.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Billy Beane

publication date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012

category: Sports

clue: Moneyball was about the triumph of bean-counters in athletics, like this man.

explanation: Beane was the manager of the Oakland Athletics who used economic and statistical models to dramatically improve his team's performance. This inspired the film Moneyball which was nominated for several Oscars in 2012, including Best Picture. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Margaret Thatcher

publication date: Monday, February 6, 2012

category: Government

clue: Meryl Streep demonstrated an iron will as this British prime minister.

explanation: Streep was nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for playing Thatcher in The Iron Lady. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Other Themes in Winter 2012

Humble Folks Without Temptation

These celebrities went on down to South Park and had themselves a time, being mercilessly spoofed by the foul-mouthed cartoon series. Can you recognize them in animated form? Go »

Mothers of Invention

These pioneering women in technology have saved the world from war, climate change, and boredom online with their contributions to modern inventions. Go »

Crossover Celebrities

For some artists, it's about following their creative muse. For others, it's all about the money. These entertainers were strongly associated with one genre, but now only seem interested in another. Go »

Repúbluca Federativa do Brasil

By far the largest nation in South America, the cultural and economic powerhouse of Brazil has produced celebrities in every field. Can you name these five? Go »

A Pirate's Life for Me

Yo ho ho ho, and a bottle of rum... This week features some of the deadliest and most notorious dread pirates ever to sail the high seas, to celebrate the launch of Pirate Paradise on Funeratic. Go »

Do Overs

Ask George Lucas: No matter how final it was the first time, anything can be made better if you get to take a second (or third, or fourth) crack at it. These five celebrities were incorrect guesses made for previous goos. Here's your chance to get them right this time. Go »

Mighty Heroes!

Superhero stories are the epic myths of our age, especially after their recent wave of renewed popularity in movies and television. These five actors played colorful heroes on-screen. Go »

Dastardly Villains!

The bad guys get to have all the fun! These five actors have played the villains to costumed superheroes on television and in movies. Their biggest crime is stealing the show. Go »

Super Bowl Shuffle

This weekend, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will face off at the Super Bowl for the second time in four years. This theme features some of the biggest names at the biggest game in sports. Go »

Winter 2012 Tournament

It's the ultimate battle for supremacy! Or, it's just a silly online game. Take your pick. Players will face off in one-on-one competitions until all but one is eliminated, producing a season champion. Have fun! Go »