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"North by Northwest" (1959)
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Best Art Direction, Color
Best Film Editing
Hitchcock's nation-spanning adventure thriller "North by Northwest" was part of the artist's steady, latter-career peak, and one of his most beloved works to this day. The great Ernest Lehman would be recognized for his entertaining original screenplay while the art direction and film editing would be spotlighted below the line. Lehman fell to the Rock Hudson/Doris Day romp "Pillow Talk," if you can believe it (as did "The 400 Blows" and "Wild Strawberries," for added "WTF" context), while the crafts stuff fell in with the long line of losers that deferred to a sweep by "Ben-Hur" that year. But the film endures: Cary Grant fleeing from an attacking crop-duster is as iconic a sequence as the chariot race from "Ben-Hur," if not more so.