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The Also-Ran’s Project – Suspicion (Best Picture Also-Ran 1941)

Suspicion film poster.jpgDirected by Alfred Hitchcock

Written by Samson Raphaelson, Joan Harrison and Alma Reville, based upon the Novel “Before the Fact” by Francis Iles

Starring Joan Fonatain, Cary Grant and Nigel Bruce

Alfred Hitchcock arrived in Hollywood in the late-1930’s, after more than a decade of success in British films, determined to find new worlds to conquer.  The move had been contemplated for years, held up by a variety of factors, not the least of which was no studio wanted to pay top dollar for the most successful director of British films, because who the hell watched British films? Continue reading

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The Also-Ran’s Project – Children of a Lesser God (Best Picture Also-Ran 1986)

Children of a Lesser God film poster.jpgDirected by Randa Haines

Written by Hesper Anderson and Mark Medoff, based upon the play by Mark Medoff

Starring Marlee Matlin, William Hurt and Piper Laurie

Unless you’re into Academy Award trivia, you probably did not know that Children of a Lesser God (1986) was the first movie directed by a woman to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture.  Other trivia?  It took nearly 50 years of Academy history to get the first directing nod for a woman – Lina Wertmuller for 1975’s Seven Beauties – and then ten years more for a movie directed by a woman to even compete for the top prize.[1]  And it would be two decades after that when a woman would actually win Best Director and her film, The Hurt Locker (2009) would Best Picture.[2]

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