ⓘ 29th Academy Awards


ⓘ 29th Academy Awards

During the 29th Academy Awards, the regular competitive category of Best Foreign Language Film was introduced, instead of only being recognized as a Special Achievement Award or as a Best Picture nominee. The first winner in this new category was Federico Fellinis La Strada with Anthony Quinn and a second nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Its win would help spur an interest in foreign-language films. Another Fellini film, Nights of Cabiria would win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in the following year.

This was also the first year that all of the five Best Picture nominees were in color. It was also the first Oscar telecast to be videotaped for later broadcast, especially for those network affiliates that didnt want to broadcast the event live.

All of the major awards winners were large-scale epics – Mike Todds Around the World in 80 Days, The King and I, Anastasia, George Stevens Giant, Cecil B. DeMilles The Ten Commandments the highest-grossing film of the year, King Vidors War and Peace and William Wylers Friendly Persuasion. And the trend toward blockbusters and colorful spectaculars was established for years to come, with The Bridge on the River Kwai, Gigi, and Ben-Hur being subsequent Best Picture champions.

The Best Original Story category had two interesting quirks this year. First, the Oscar for Best Original Story for The Brave One was awarded to Robert Rich, a pseudonym of Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted at the time and thus unable to receive credit under his own name. Second, Edward Bernds and Elwood Ullman withdrew their names from consideration in this category for their work on High Society, as the nomination had been intended for the musical starring Grace Kelly, while Bernds and Ullman had instead written a Bowery Boys film of the same name. In fact, the nomination was a double mistake, as High Society was based on the play and film The Philadelphia Story and probably would not have qualified as an original story anyway.

James Dean became the only actor to receive a second posthumous – and consecutive – nomination for acting.

Ingrid Bergman was not present to collect her award for Best Actress: Cary Grant accepted it on her behalf. She did, however, list the nominees for Best Director via a pre-recorded segment from a rooftop in Paris. The winner was announced by host Jerry Lewis.

Director John Fords classic western The Searchers, widely seen as one of the best American films of all time, failed to receive a single nomination.

This was the second time since the introduction of the Supporting Actor and Actress awards that Best Picture, Best Director, and all four acting Oscars were given to different films. This would not happen again until the 78th Academy Awards. Around the World in 80 Days became the sixth film to win Best Picture without any acting nominations.


1.1. Presenters and performers Presenters

  • Jack Lemmon Presenter: Best Supporting Actress
  • Janet Gaynor Presenter: Best Motion Picture
  • Carroll Baker Presenter: Best Original Song
  • Elizabeth Taylor Presenter: Costume Design Awards
  • Ingrid Bergman Presenter: Best Director
  • Kirk Douglas Presenter: Best Film Editing
  • Ernest Borgnine Presenter: Best Actress
  • Deborah Kerr Presenter: Writing Awards
  • Claire Trevor Presenter: Cinematography Awards
  • George Seaton
  • Rock Hudson and Eva Marie Saint Presenters: Best Musical Score and Best Dramatic or Comedy Score
  • Nancy Kelly Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
  • Mercedes McCambridge and Robert Stack Presenters: Documentary Awards
  • Gower Champion and Marge Champion Presenters: Art Direction Awards
  • Patty McCormack and Mickey Rooney Presenters: Short Subject Awards
  • Dorothy Dandridge Presenter: Best Visual Effects
  • Dorothy Malone Presenter: Best Sound Recording
  • Anna Magnani Presenter: Best Actor

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  • Gogi Grant "Que Sera, Sera Whatever Will Be, Will Be" from The Man Who Knew Too Much)
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  • Dorothy Dandridge "Julie" from Julie
  • Tommy Sands "Friendly Persuasion Thee I Love" from Friendly Persuasion)
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