It was late in the evening, I was glued in front of your small TV and watched The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. My Grandmother had long gone to bed, the living room was dark, and I enjoyed staying up late, as every child does.
The scene in the movie, when all the birds chase Tippi Hedren and the children, woke up my Grandmother’s parakeet. Like every night, its cage was covered with an old towel, to make sure the bird would not be disturbed in its sleep. It did not work!
All of a sudden the little bird acted crazy. I heard him flying around, and he made some noises that were far from singing. It scared me so much, and my imagination got the best of me. I got up and moved the cage into the kitchen, just to be on the safe side.
That night I fell in love with Alfred Hitchcock’s work and became a fan for life.
What a genius he was? What a brilliant filmmaker. I think I watched all the movies he made and not just once. Rare Window – Marnie – Pyscho -Spellbound just to name a few. To this day I can’t resist rewatching one the old masterpieces.
Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for the Acadamy Awards for Rebecca – Lifeboat – Spellbound – Rear Window and Pyscho yet one of the greatest filmmakers of all times never won an Oscar.
Sixteen films directed by Hitchcock received an Oscar nomination, though only five of those were assigned to him. Along with Robert Altman, Clarence Brown and King Vidor, he is tied for the most nominations in the category of Best Director – five apiece – without a win. However, four of his films also earned Best Picture nominations (Foreign Correspondent in 1941, Suspicion in 1942 and Spellbound in 1946, plus winning Rebecca from 1941). The total number of Oscar nominations (including winners) earned by films he directed is fifty. (Source Wikipedia)
Perhaps, that’s one of the reasons I am so cynical -and critical- about the Academy Award and the golden Oscar statuette. If the Award leaves out the really great -and there a numerous of them- what is an award worth in the end?