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Best Art Direction
The film that bubbled up throughout the decades and finally landed "best of all time" consideration from critics this year, "Vertigo" was, as noted, not at all appreciated in its time. The critics weren't willing to coddle it like they are today, and the Academy only saw fit to nominate its detailed art direction (part of a two-year interlude at the Oscars that combined black-and-white and color productions) and its sound. Nothing for James Stewart's wonderful performance or Kim Novak's object of desire. Nothing for the lush cinematography. Certainly nothing in the realm of Best Picture or Best Director (though the DGA did speak up) and, ultimately, no statues, as "Gigi" lapped up nine Oscars, including Best Picture.