I received a DVD of Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO as a belated birthday gift. Love it! What a classic. You know what never ceases to fascinate me? How Hitchcock could take an actor who had a warm, wholesome image and get the actor to show the dark side of it. VERTIGO is a perfect example. In the 1930s, James Stewart had successfully and skillfully established an "All-American" good guy image. Look at him in BORN TO DANCE (1936), Capra's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU (1938) Capra's MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939) and the western comedy DESTRY RIDES AGAIN (1939). Stewart got five nominations for Best Actor in his career. He won for 1940's sophisticated comedy, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY. If he could've hooked another Best Actor nomination, I would have put him in the running for 1958's VERTIGO. He's so obsessed in this movie both as a cop out to solve a crime and as a man erotically obsessed with a woman who died. Such a complex character.
At Warner's, having worked with her and seen her work, Cagney urged Doris not to let the studio give her acting lessons because she naturally, instinctively had the gift. He didn't want to the studio to process her into a copy of other contract players.
And there was Anthony Perkins. From Broadway, he went to movies with an All-American boy next door image. He got one Oscar nomination -- for playing a Quaker during the Civil War in FRIENDLY PERSUASION (1956).
Then came the Norman Bates role in the 1960 Hitchcock masterpiece, PSYCHO. No Oscar nomination for Anthony Perkins' brilliance in the role that made him internationally famous.
What performance in a Hitchcock film do you feel was overlooked by an Oscar nomination?