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Hollywood Reporter (2012) - Hitchcock's Oscar Revenge?




Word that Anthony Hopkins' movie portrayal will qualify for 2012 consideration suddenly has Hollywood buzzing that the constantly snubbed director may finally get his due

FOR MOST OF HIS HOLLYWOOD career, Alfred Hitchcock might as well have been the Rodney Dangerfield of directors ‑ when it came time to hand out Oscars, he just got no respect. Hailed as the master of suspense, he was a virtual brand: Arguably, more moviegoers recognized his name than any other filmmaker of his era, save for Walt Disney. (It certainly helped that the avuncular Disney and the sardonic Hitchcock fronted TV shows in the 1950s and '60s.) But the England‑born Hitchcock, who moved to Hollywood in 1939, continually was shortchanged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"The lack of respect from the Academy pained him," says Stephen Rebello, author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. "He felt they resented him for being an entertainer and working in genres that weren't perceived as worthy." It's a Hollywood bias that, even if it's not as powerful as it once was, still affects some of today's most popular directors, those whose movies might not be "serious" enough for Academy tastes.

In the years since, Hitchcock's reputation has undergone a major overhaul. He's now regarded as a serious artist. In September, when Fox Searchlight announced that Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock, based on Rebello's book, would be finished in time to qualify for this year's awards, handicappers immediately put it near the top of their lists. Not only does it star Oscar winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Hi...