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Did you know that Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick never won Academy Awards for any their works?

My jaw dropped when I learned this recently, and of course I headed straight to to find out if what I read elsewhere was the truth. And unfortunately, it's very true!

I'm reasonably perplexed that these 2 masters of cinema were never awarded the industry's highest honor, while they were alive - with films life Psycho, North by Northwest, Rope, Dial M For Murder, Strangers On A Train, Rear Window, The 39 Steps, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr Strangelove, The Shinning, A Clockwork Orange, Lolita, Spartacus and Full Metal Jacket... just to name a few of their combined works.

I'm sure they each enjoyed other rewards of industry, tangible and intangible, and maybe never even sought Academy Award recognition. However, this is still very much unfortunate as far as I'm concerned, especially when you consider some of the names who won Oscars after both gentlemen.

According to, Kubrick was nominated for either a "Best Director" or "Best Picture" Oscar 4 times. He lost all 4. I was going to include data on each loss (years, what other films were in competition each year, and what films/directors won) but frankly, it's too much work, and I don't feel like doing so right now :o) You can always hop over to IMDB to find out for yourself.

The only Oscar he won was for "Best visual/Special Effects" for 2001: A Space Odyssey.

As for Hitchcock, IMDB states that he was nominated 5 times for best director. He lost each time.

He was eventually awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1968, which is an award given to "Creative producers, whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production." Kubrick never won anything similar.

Neither director has been honored by the Academy posthumously.



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