1957 Oscars 29th Academy Awards

1957 Oscars 29th Academy Awards

Winners Announced: March 27, 1957
Held at: RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California & NBC Century Theatre, New York City, New York
Hosts: Jerry Lewis and Celeste Holm
Eligibility Year: 1956

  • Director John Ford’s classic western The Searchers failed to receive a single nomination.
  • This was the first year that all of the five Best Picture nominees were in color.
  • The “Academy Award of Merit” is what the Oscar statue is officially called.
  • Giant had 10 nominations, and won a single Oscar.

1957 Oscar Nominees and Winners

Best Motion Picture:
Around the World in 80 Days – Mike Todd, producer (WINNER)
Friendly Persuasion – Robert Wyler and William Wyler, producers
Giant – George Stevens and Henry Ginsberg, producers
The King and I – Charles Brackett, producer
The Ten Commandments – Cecil B. DeMille, producer

Best Director:
George Stevens – Giant (WINNER)
Michael Anderson – Around the World in 80 Days
William Wyler – Friendly Persuasion
Walter Lang – The King and I
King Vidor – War and Peace

Best Actor:
Yul Brynner – The King and I as King Mongkut of Siam (WINNER)
James Dean (posthumous nomination) – Giant as Jett Rink
Kirk Douglas – Lust for Life as Vincent van Gogh
Rock Hudson – Giant as Jordan “Bick” Benedict Jr.
Laurence Olivier – Richard III as Richard

Best Actress:
Ingrid Bergman – Anastasia as Anna Koreff (WINNER)
Carroll Baker – Baby Doll as Baby Doll Meighan
Katharine Hepburn – The Rainmaker as Lizzie Curry
Nancy Kelly – The Bad Seed as Christine Penmark
Deborah Kerr – The King and I as Anna Leonowens

Best Supporting Actor:
Anthony Quinn – Lust for Life as Paul Gauguin (WINNER)
Don Murray – Bus Stop as Beauregard Decker
Anthony Perkins – Friendly Persuasion as Josh Birdwell
Mickey Rooney – The Bold and the Brave as Dooley
Robert Stack – Written on the Wind as Kyle Hadley

Best Supporting Actress:
Dorothy Malone – Written on the Wind as Marylee Hadley (WINNER)
Mildred Dunnock – Baby Doll as Aunt Rose Comfort
Eileen Heckart – The Bad Seed as Hortense Daigle
Mercedes McCambridge – Giant as Luz Benedict
Patty McCormack – The Bad Seed as Rhoda Penmark

Best Screenplay – Original:
The Red Balloon – Albert Lamorisse (WINNER)
The Bold and the Brave – Robert Lewin
Julie – Andrew L. Stone
La Strada – Federico Fellini and Tullio Pinelli
The Ladykillers – William Rose

Best Screenplay – Adapted:
Around the World in 80 Days – James Poe, John Farrow and S. J. Perelman based on the novel by Jules Verne (WINNER)
Baby Doll – Tennessee Williams based on his short plays Twenty-seven Wagons Full of Cotton and The Unsatisfactory Supper
Friendly Persuasion – Michael Wilson based on the novel by Jessamyn West
Giant – Ivan Moffat and Fred Guiol based on the novel by Edna Ferber
Lust for Life – Norman Corwin based on the novel by Irving Stone

Best Story:
The Brave One – Dalton Trumbo (WINNER)
The Eddy Duchin Story – Leo Katcher
High Society – Edward Bernds and Elwood Ullman
The Proud and the Beautiful – Jean-Paul Sartre
Umberto D. – Cesare Zavattini

Best Foreign Language Film:
La Strada (Italy) (WINNER)
The Burmese Harp (Japan)
The Captain from Köpenick (Germany)
Gervaise (France)
Qivitoq (Denmark)

Best Documentary Feature:
The Silent World (WINNER)
The Naked Eye
Where Mountains Float

Best Documentary Short Subject:
The True Story of the Civil War (WINNER)
A City Decides
The Dark Wave
The House Without a Name
Man in Space

Best Live Action Short Subject, One-Reel:
Crashing the Water Barrier (WINNER)
I Never Forget a Face
Time Stood Still

Best Live Action Short Subject, Two-Reel:
The Bespoke Overcoat (WINNER)
Cow Dog
The Dark Wave

Best Short Subject – Cartoons:
‘Magoo’s Puddle Jumper (WINNER)
Gerald McBoing-Boing on Planet Moo
The Jay Walker

Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture:
Around the World in 80 Days – Victor Young (posthumous award) (WINNER)
Anastasia – Alfred Newman
Between Heaven and Hell – Hugo Friedhofer
Giant – Dimitri Tiomkin
The Rainmaker – Alex North

Best Scoring of a Musical Picture:
The King and I – Alfred Newman and Ken Darby (WINNER)
The Best Things in Life Are Free – Lionel Newman
The Eddy Duchin Story – Morris Stoloff and George Duning
High Society – Johnny Green and Saul Chaplin
Meet Me in Las Vegas – Georgie Stoll and Johnny Green

Best Song:
“Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)” from The Man Who Knew Too Much – Music and Lyrics by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (WINNER)
“Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)” from Friendly Persuasion – Music by Dimitri Tiomkin; Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
“Julie” from Julie – Music by Leith Stevens; Lyrics by Tom Adair
“True Love” from High Society – Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
“Written on the Wind” from Written on the Wind – Music by Victor Young (posthumous nomination); Lyrics by Sammy Cahn

Best Sound Recording:
The King and I – Carlton W. Faulkner (WINNER)
The Brave One – Buddy Myers
The Eddy Duchin Story – John P. Livadary
Friendly Persuasion – Gordon R. Glennan and Gordon E. Sawyer
The Ten Commandments – Loren L. Ryder

Best Art Direction, Black-and-White:
Somebody Up There Likes Me – Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons and Malcolm Brown; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis and F. Keogh Gleason (WINNER)
The Proud and Profane – Art Direction: Hal Pereira and A. Earl Hedrick; Set Decoration: Samuel M. Comer and Frank R. McKelvy
Seven Samurai – Art Direction and Set Decoration: So Matsuyama
The Solid Gold Cadillac – Art Direction: Ross Bellah; Set Decoration: William Kiernan and Louis Diage
Teenage Rebel – Art Direction: Lyle R. Wheeler and Jack Martin Smith; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott and Stuart A. Reiss

Best Art Direction, Color:
The King and I – Art Direction: Lyle R. Wheeler and John DeCuir; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott and Paul S. Fox (WINNER)
Around the World in 80 Days – Art Direction: James W. Sullivan and Ken Adam; Set Decoration: Ross Dowd
Giant – Art Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Ralph S. Hurst
Lust for Life – Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters and E. Preston Ames; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis and F. Keogh Gleason
The Ten Commandments – Art Direction: Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler and Albert Nozaki; Set Decoration: Samuel M. Comer and Ray Moyer

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White:
Somebody Up There Likes Me – Joseph Ruttenberg (WINNER)
Baby Doll – Boris Kaufman
The Bad Seed – Harold Rosson
The Harder They Fall – Burnett Guffey
Stagecoach to Fury – Walter Strenge

Best Cinematography, Color:
Around the World in 80 Days – Lionel Lindon (WINNER)
The Eddy Duchin Story – Harry Stradling
The King and I – Leon Shamroy
The Ten Commandments – Loyal Griggs
War and Peace – Jack Cardiff

Best Costume Design, Black-and-White:
The Solid Gold Cadillac – Jean Louis (WINNER)
The Power and the Prize – Helen Rose
The Proud and Profane – Edith Head
Seven Samurai – Kohei Ezaki
Teenage Rebel – Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills

Best Costume Design, Color:
The King and I – Irene Sharaff (WINNER)
Around the World in 80 Days – Miles White
Giant – Moss Mabry and Marjorie Best
The Ten Commandments – Edith Head, Ralph Jester, John Jensen, Dorothy Jeakins and Arnold Friberg
War and Peace – Maria De Matteis

Best Film Editing:
Around the World in 80 Days – Gene Ruggiero and Paul Weatherwax (WINNER)
The Brave One – Merrill G. White
Giant – William Hornbeck, Philip W. Anderson and Fred Bohanan
Somebody Up There Likes Me – Albert Akst
The Ten Commandments – Anne Bauchens

Best Special Effects:
The Ten Commandments – John P. Fulton (WINNER)
Forbidden Planet – A. Arnold Gillespie, Irving G. Ries and Wesley C. Miller

Academy Honorary Award:
Eddie Cantor “for distinguished service to the film industry.”

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award:
Buddy Adler

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award:
Y. Frank Freeman

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