31st Academy Awards
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.
|31st Academy Awards|
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|
|Most awards||Gigi (9)|
|Most nominations||The Defiant Ones and Gigi (9)|
|TV in the United States|
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 (1987) to win Best Picture without any acting nominations. It also had the biggest clean sweep at the time, winning all nine of its nominations, a record that would be tied by The Last Emperor. This record was broken in 2003 when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won all 11 of its nominations.
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.
Nominations announced on February 23, 1959. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface
Academy Honorary AwardEdit
- Maurice Chevalier “for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century.”
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardEdit
Presenters and performersEdit
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- Buddy Adler (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award)
- Eddie Albert and Vincent Price (Presenters: Art Direction Award)
- June Allyson and Dick Powell (Presenters: Musical Scoring Awards)
- Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant (Presenters: Best Motion Picture)
- Dirk Bogarde, Van Heflin, and Elizabeth Taylor (Presenters: Writing Awards)
- Red Buttons and Shelley Winters (Presenters: Best Supporting Actress)
- James Cagney and Kim Novak (Presenters: Best Actress)
- Cyd Charisse and Robert Stack (Presenters: Best Foreign Language Film)
- Gary Cooper and Millie Perkins (Presenters: Best Director)
- Wendell Corey and Ernie Kovacs (Presenters: Costume Design Award)
- Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh (Presenters: Short Subjects Awards)
- Bette Davis and Anthony Quinn (Presenters: Best Supporting Actor)
- Doris Day and Rock Hudson (Presenters: Cinematography Awards)
- Irene Dunne and John Wayne (Presenters: Best Actor)
- Anthony Franciosa and Eva Marie Saint (Presenters: Music Awards)
- Charlton Heston and Jane Wyman (Presenters: Best Sound Recording)
- Steve Forrest and Jean Simmons (Presenters: Best Film Editing)
- Sophia Loren and Dean Martin (Presenters: Best Original Song)
- Shirley MacLaine and Peter Ustinov (Presenters: Best Visual Effects)
- Rosalind Russell (Presenter: Honorary Award to Maurice Chevalier)
- Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood (Presenters: Documentary Awards)
- Nick Adams, Anna Maria Alberghetti, James Darren, Dean Jones, Connie Stevens, and Tuesday Weld ("Almost In Your Arms" from Houseboat)
- Joan Collins, Angela Lansbury and Dana Wynter ("It's Great Not to Be Nominated")
- Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster ("It's Alright With Us")
- Eddie Fisher ("To Love and Be Loved" from Some Came Running)
- Rhonda Fleming and Howard Keel ("A Very Precious Love" from Marjorie Morningstar)
- Tony Martin ("Gigi" from Gigi)
- John Raitt ("A Certain Smile" from A Certain Smile)
Multiple nominations and awardsEdit
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
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- "The 31st Academy Awards (1959) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-21.