A special Oscars short list
Three of Moira Macdonald’s all-time favorite Oscar snubs.
The Master of Suspense received five Academy Award nominations for Best Director, for “Rebecca,” “Lifeboat,” “Spellbound,” “Rear Window” and “Psycho.” He won none of these. Attempting to right a long-held wrong, the Academy gave Hitch a special award in 1968, which he accepted with a five-word speech: “Thank you ... very much indeed.” One wonders what he wanted to say.
At 70, with seven Oscar nominations and no wins, the legendary Irish actor was offered an honorary Oscar — and initially tried to decline it, telling the Academy in a letter that he was “still in the game and might win one of the lovely buggers outright.” He was nominated one more time, in 2007 for “Venus” — and lost. Last year, he retired from acting at age 80, without a competitive Oscar.
‘Some Like It Hot’
OK, so it did win one Oscar — for costume design. But those of us who feel that the Academy has long held a grudge against comedy need only look at 1960, when Billy Wilder’s classic wasn’t even nominated for Best Picture. (And it lost the screenplay award to “Room at the Top.”) As the Academy might say in its defense: nobody’s perfect.
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic