This year's Academy Award nominations include films about family, history, loss, and the American experience. These seven goos were inspired by the nominated films. While you play, don't forget to enter Funeratic's Predict the Oscars contest for your chance to win a prize.



Bob Wells

publication date: Saturday, March 27, 2021

category: Fads

clue: If you live in a vehicle, whether out of choice or necessity, you've probably turned to this author and YouTuber for advice, or attended one of his large gatherings of nomads.

explanation: Wells is a major figure in the vandweller movement, offering essential advice online and organizing annual gatherings of tens of thousands of nomads for mutual education and support. He appeared as himself in both the book and film Nomadland. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Mike Eberhart


Jerry Rubin

publication date: Friday, March 26, 2021

category: Activism

clue: One of the founding Yippies had a flair for the dramatic in his protests, one of which landed him on trial in Chicago, but he later became a successful stockbroker and nutritional drink marketer.

explanation: Rubin co-founded the Youth International Party, whose members were called Yippies. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Mike Eberhart


Billie Holiday

publication date: Thursday, March 25, 2021

category: Music

clue: This lady sang the blues and a lot more, including "Pennies from Heaven," "Nice Work If You Can Get It," and "Strange Fruit."

explanation: Lady Sings the Blues was the title of one of Holiday's albums and a film about her. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Mike Eberhart


Fred Hampton

publication date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

category: Activism

clue: He rose to influence in a black party and founded a colorful coalition, but his assassination at merely 21 cut short a life full of promise to do much more.

explanation: Hampton was a major figure in the Black Panther Party and founded Rainbow Coalition. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Mike Eberhart


Herman J. Mankiewicz

publication date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021

category: Movies

clue: He's the screenwriter behind some of Hollywood's classics like Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz, not that he always got credit for his contributions.

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Mike Eberhart


Ma Rainey

publication date: Monday, March 22, 2021

category: Music

clue: The "Mother of the Blues," so named because she was one of the first blues artists to be recorded, toured the American South between the World Wars.

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Erik Bates, and Mike Eberhart


Olivia Colman

publication date: Sunday, March 21, 2021

category: Movies

clue: She has been Anthony Hopkins's daughter, David Tennant's partner, Judi Dench's servant, Meryl Streep's daughter, and three of Britain's queens.

explanation: Colman played Hopkins's daughter in The Father, Tennant's partner in Broadchurch, Dench's servant in Murder on the Orient Express, Streep's daughter in The Iron Lady, Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park on Hudson, Queen Anne in The Favourite, and Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Mike Eberhart