31st Academy Award Ceremony

Date: April 6, 1959

Best Picture

Best Actor in a Leading Role

  • David Niven for Separate Tables

Best Actress in a Leading Role

  • Susan Hayward for I Want to Live!

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Burl Ives for The Big Country

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Wendy Hiller for Separate Tables

Best Director

  • Vincente Minnelli for Gigi

Best Original Screenplay

  • Nedrick Young & Harold Jacob Smith for The Defiant Ones
    • Nedrick Young was blacklisted at the time, so his Oscar went to his pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas. In 1993 AMPAS restored his credit upon the request of his widow and the recommendation of the Academy’s writers branch.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Alan Jay Lerner for Gigi

Best Cinematography, Colour

  • Joseph Ruttenberg for Gigi

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

  • Sam Leavitt for The Defiant Ones

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White or Colour

  • William A. Horning, E. Preston Ames, Henry Grace, F. Keogh Gleason for Gigi

Best Costume Design

  • Cecil Beaton for Gigi

Best Sound

  • Fred Hynes for South Pacific

Best Film Editing

  • Adrienne Fazan for Gigi

Best Special Effects

  • Tom Howard for tom thumb

Best Original Song

  • Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner for “Gigi” from Gigi

Best Scoring of a Musical Picture

  • André Previn for Gigi

Best Music, Scoring of Dramatic or Comedy Picture

  • Dimitri Tiomkin for The Old Man and the Sea

Best Short Subject, Live-Action Subjects

  • Walt Disney for Grand Canyon

Best Short Subject, Cartoons

  • John W. Burton for Knighty Knight Bugs

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

  • Ben Sharpsteen for Ama Girls

Best Documentary, Features

  • Ben Sharpsteen for White Wilderness

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Mon Oncle (France)

Honorary Award

  • Maurice Chevalier
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