Oscar: Suspicion, Hitchcock Thriller, Rushed into Theater for Eligibilty

The dates for submitting films eligible for Oscar considerations have changed over the years.

For the 1941 Oscars, the cutting date was January 11, 1942.

Thus, RKO rushed Hitchcock’s thriller Suspicion, starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, into the Pantages theater in LA on January 11, the very last day of eligibility.

Universal, showing solidarity with RKO, decided to postpone the release of It Started With Eve, featuring their biggest star, Deanna Durbin, so that RKO could have two screens for their film.

Joan Fontaine would not have won the Best Actress Oscar if Suspicion had not been in theaters by that date.