31st Academy Awards

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31st Academy Awards
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People lining the street under the marquee of the Pantages Theater at the 31st Academy Awards.
Date April 6, 1959
Site Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA
Hosted by Jerry Lewis, Mort Sahl, Tony Randall, Bob Hope, David Niven, and Laurence Olivier
Produced by Jerry Wald
Directed by Alan Handley
Highlights
Best Picture Gigi
Most awards Gigi (9)
Most nominations The Defiant Ones and Gigi (9)
TV in the United States
Network NBC

The 31st Academy Awards ceremony was held on April 6, 1959, to honor the best films of 1958. The show's producer, Jerry Wald, started cutting numbers from the show to make sure it ran on time. He cut too much material and the ceremony ended 20 minutes early, leaving Jerry Lewis to attempt to fill in the time. Eventually, NBC cut to a re-run of a sports show.

The film Gigi won nine Oscars, breaking the previous record of eight (set by Gone with the Wind and tied by From Here to Eternity and On the Waterfront). It would be short-lived, however, as Ben-Hur broke the record with eleven Oscars the following year.

Gigi was the last film until The Last Emperor to win Best Picture without any acting nominations. It also had the biggest clean sweep that would be met by The Last Emperor, winning all 9 of its nominations. The record was broken in 2003 by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King with all 11 of its nominations, also another record of most Oscar wins with Ben-Hur and Titanic.

The ceremony was hosted by an ensemble of actors: Jerry Lewis, Mort Sahl, Tony Randall, Bob Hope, David Niven, and Laurence Olivier. Niven won Best Actor that night, making him the only host in Oscar history to have won an award during the same ceremony.[1]

Awards

Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[2]

Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Best Scoring of a Musical Picture
Best Original Song Best Sound Recording
Best Art Direction – Set Decoration Best Costume Design
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Academy Honorary Award

  • Maurice Chevalier “for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century.”

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Presenters and performers

Presenters

Performers

Multiple nominations and awards

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-21. Retrieved 2015-02-20. 
  2. ^ "The 31st Academy Awards (1959) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-21. 
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