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Here's a link to the chronology of their working relationship (1938-'46).  How valuable was Hitch to Selznick?  Well, in 2017 $s - he paid him $2.6MM annually; and, raised him to $5.2MM (approx. in 2017 $s) in August, 1944.  Hitch's big pay, of course, came from Psycho -- $15MM at the time (in deferred comp in exchange for 60% of the movie's profits) worth about $120MM in current $s.  Hitch not only knew who his customer/audience was -- he eventually grew to know his power to put butts in seats and saw to it that he was amply rewarded for doing so.  Not only an innovative directorial talent but ultimately a damn good businessman (or, was it Alma?)!

 

https://the.hitchcock.zone/wiki/Hitchcock_Chronology:_David_O._Selznick

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I wonder this--if Hitch had worked longer and more closely with Selznick (not loaned out so much), would he have done better by the Academy?

 

But those Selznick films were not very Hitchcockian.

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I wonder this--if Hitch had worked longer and more closely with Selznick (not loaned out so much), would he have done better by the Academy?

 

But those Selznick films were not very Hitchcockian.

 

I just commented about that related in another thread related to Hitchcock and the Oscars.

 

If Selznick was able to get Hitchcock to sign a long term,  exclusive contract,   Selznick and his PR staff would have lobbied to ensure more nominations.       The Oscars are 90% about marketing and the studios only would promote talent that benefitted their bottom line.

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I agree that the larger, unanswered question is why Hitch did not win an Oscar for Best Director.  I do not believe anyone knows the real answer...however, somethings to consider:

 

- Historically, the Academy voters don't appear to like suspense/thrillers (see:  http://emanuellevy.com/oscar/oscar-scandals-why-hitchcock-never-won-the-oscar-5/)

 

- While nominated 5 times, he was, in my opinion, never 1) appreciated and understood for the talent he brought to film-making and, 2) wasn't part of the inner (political) circle of Hollywood (see:  https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/alfred_hitchcock_never_won_an_oscar_go_figure

 

- While we eventually got an honorary Oscar in 1968, his acceptance speech ("Thank you") - conveys what he thought about all that went before it.

 

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I agree that the larger, unanswered question is why Hitch did not win an Oscar for Best Director.  I do not believe anyone knows the real answer...however, somethings to consider:

 

- Historically, the Academy voters don't appear to like suspense/thrillers (see:  http://emanuellevy.com/oscar/oscar-scandals-why-hitchcock-never-won-the-oscar-5/)

 

- While nominated 5 times, he was, in my opinion, never 1) appreciated and understood for the talent he brought to film-making and, 2) wasn't part of the inner (political) circle of Hollywood (see:  https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/alfred_hitchcock_never_won_an_oscar_go_figure

 

- While we eventually got an honorary Oscar in 1968, his acceptance speech ("Thank you") - conveys what he thought about all that went before it.

 

Good point (which also applies to comedies);   if one wants to be nominated for an Oscar make a movie about a well known historical character  (which often will get nominations for best picture, director and for the actor playing the historical figure).     

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