31st Academy Awards
|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|
|Host||Jerry Lewis, Mort Sahl, Tony Randall, Bob Hope, David Niven, Laurence Olivier|
|Most awards||Gigi (9)|
|Most nominations||The Defiant Ones and Gigi (9)|
|TV in the United States|
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.
Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface
Academy Honorary Award
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Presenters and performers
- Buddy Adler (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award)
- Eddie Albert and Vincent Price (Presenters: Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards)
- June Allyson and Dick Powell (Presenters: Musical Scoring Awards)
- Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant (Presenters: Best 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 Awards)
- 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)
- Louis Jourdan 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 awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- 1958 in film
- 1st Grammy Awards
- 10th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 11th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 12th British Academy Film Awards
- 13th Tony Awards
- "The 31st Academy Awards (1959) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-21.