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Week 54: The Alfreds

January 10, 2011

Best Picture

  1. ‘Vertigo’ – I know this contradicts what I said in week 39 but it’s just so darned good…
  2. ‘Rear Window’
  3. ‘North by Northwest’
  4. ‘The Birds’
  5. ‘Shadow of a Doubt’
  6. ‘Strangers on a Train’
  7. ‘Psycho’
  8. ‘Spellbound’
  9. ‘Marnie’
  10. ‘The 39 Steps’

Best Star

  1. James Stewart
  2. Cary Grant
  3. Robert Walker
  4. Grace Kelly
  5. Ingrid Bergman
  6. ‘Tippi’ Hedren
  7. Janet Leigh
  8. Joseph Cotton
  9. Barry Foster
  10. Robert Donat

Best Baddie

  1. Robert Walker as Bruno Anthony (‘Strangers on a Train’)
  2. Joseph Cotton as Uncle Charlie (‘Shadow of a Doubt’)
  3. The Birds
  4. Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates (‘Psycho’)
  5. Barry Foster as Rusk (‘Frenzy’)
  6. Raymond Burr as Lars Thorwold (‘Rear Window’)
  7. James Mason as Vandamm (‘North by Northwest’)
  8. Wolfgang Kieling as Herman Gromek (‘Torn Curtain’)
  9. Anthony Dawson as ‘Captain’ Lesgate (‘Dial M for Murder’)
  10. Walter Slezak as Willy (‘Lifeboat’)

Best set piece


  1. The multiple bell tower sequences (‘Vertigo’)
  2. Mount Rushmore (‘North By Northwest’)
  3. The shower
  4. The fun fair climax (‘Stranger on a Train’)
  5. The murder of Gromek (‘Torn Curtain’)
  6. The Statue of Liberty (‘Saboteur’)
  7. Mr. Memory (‘The 39 Steps’)
  8. The attack on Melanie in the upstairs room (‘The Birds’)
  9. The attempted murder (‘Dial M for Murder’)
  10. The neck tie murder (‘Frenzy’)

Worst Picture

  1. ‘Number Seventeen’
  2. ‘Topaz’
  3. ‘Juno and the Paycock’
  4. ‘The Farmer’s Wife’
  5. ‘Waltzes From Vienna’
  6. ‘The Paradine Case’
  7. ‘Mr. and Mrs. Smith’
  8. ‘Champagne’
  9. ‘Easy Virtue’
  10. ‘Torn Curtain’


Best camera move/thing


  1. The big old crane shot to the key in ‘Notorious’
  2. That stretchy zoom in/track back (or the other way around) thing from ‘Vertigo’
  3. The glass ceiling in ‘The Lodger’
  4. The Dali dream sequence (‘Spellbound’)
  5. The possibly poison milk in ‘Suspicion’
  6. Above all those umbrellas in ‘Foreign Correspondent’
  7. The long dissolve to the Right Man (‘The Wrong Man’)
  8. The merciless interrogation in ‘Foreign Correspondent’
  9. Most of ‘Rope’
  10. The singing/talking in the Tabernacle in ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ (1934)


Best Hitchcock personal appearance


  1. From wheelchair to on his feet (maybe the best thing in ‘Topaz’ – reminds me of ‘Little Britain’)
  2. Deadpan next to Cary Grant on the bus (‘To Catch a Thief’)
  3. Reduco advert (‘Lifeboat’)
  4. Holding all the cards (‘Shadow of A Doubt’)
  5. As a photographer (‘Young and Innocent’)
  6. Silhouette behind glass door (‘Family Plot’)
  7. Baby on his knee (‘Torn Curtain’)
  8. With two dogs (‘The Birds’)
  9. Double bass hefting (‘Strangers on a Train’)
  10. Missing the bus (‘North by Northwest’)

(check out ‘Alfred Hitchcock Cameo Appearances’ on YouTube)


Best Costume Design

Edith Head, of course

Best DoP


Robert Burks. Come on.

Best Music

Bernard Herrmann. Who’s making up these categories?

Best Director

Oh, give it up…