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Best Actress - Joan Fontaine*
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture
In the year of "Citizen Kane" -- the film "Vertigo" recently usurped in the Sight & Sound poll -- "Suspicion" became the third Hitchcock film to receive a Best Picture nomination in two years. Interestingly, Joan Fontaine's work as a woman driven mad by paranoia as she suspects her husband of attempting to murder her for life insurance money was the only Oscar-winning performance Hitchcock ever directed. And it's a performance that surely helped the film along to that eventual Best Picture nomination. Also recognized was Franz Waxman's original score, which lost to Hitchcock's eventual composer of choice, Bernard Herrmann, for "The Devil and Daniel Webster." John Ford's "How Green Was My Valley" was the year's Best Picture victor.