Throwback: For Which Film Should Hitchcock Have Won A Directing Oscar?

by jalapenoman | created - 15 Oct 2014 | updated - 27 Feb 2015 | Public

Alfred Hitchcock was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Director, losing each time. For which of those films should he have won?

Discuss here: http://www.imdb.com/board/bd0000088/flat/235699169

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1. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 113,768 | Gross: $4.36M

Winner: John Ford for "The Grapes of Wrath"

2. Lifeboat (1944)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

78 Metascore

Several survivors of a torpedoed merchant ship in World War II find themselves in the same lifeboat with one of the U-boat men who sunk it.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, William Bendix

Votes: 24,856

Winner: Leo McCarey for "Going My Way"

3. Spellbound (1945)

Approved | 111 min | Film-Noir, Mystery, Romance

A psychiatrist protects the identity of an amnesia patient accused of murder while attempting to recover his memory.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Votes: 40,303 | Gross: $7.00M

Winner: Billy Wilder for "The Lost Weekend"

4. Rear Window (1954)

PG | 112 min | Mystery, Thriller

100 Metascore

A wheelchair-bound photographer spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter

Votes: 411,797 | Gross: $36.76M

Winner: Elia Kazan for "On the Waterfront"

5. Psycho (1960)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

97 Metascore

A Phoenix secretary embezzles forty thousand dollars from her employer's client, goes on the run, and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin

Votes: 557,126 | Gross: $32.00M

Winner: Billy Wilder for "The Apartment"



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