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1959 Oscars 31st Academy Awards
Winners Announced: April 6, 1959
Held at: Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California
Host: Jerry Lewis, Mort Sahl, Tony Randall, Bob Hope, David Niven and Laurence Olivier
Eligibility Year: 1958
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1959 Oscar Winners
*Best Motion Picture Auntie Mame (Warner Bros.)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Lawrence Weingarten, producer (MGM)
The Defiant Ones, Stanley Kramer, producer (United Artists)
* Gigi, Arthur Freed, producer (MGM)
Separate Tables, Harold Hecht, producer (United Artists)
*Best Actor Tony Curtis, The Defiant Ones
Paul Newman, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
*David Niven, Separate Tables
Sidney Poitier, The Defiant Ones
Spencer Tracy, The Old Man and the Sea
*Best Actress *Susan Hayward, I Want to Live!
Deborah Kerr, Separate Tables
Shirley MacLaine, Some Came Running
Rosalind Russell, Auntie Mame
Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
*Actor in a Supporting Role Theodore Bikel, The Defiant Ones
Lee J. Cobb, The Brothers Karamazov
*Burl Ives, The Big Country
Arthur Kennedy, Some Came Running
Gig Young, Teacher's Pet
*Actress in a Supporting Role Peggy Cass, Auntie Mame
*Wendy Hiller, Separate Tables
Martha Hyer, Some Came Running
Maureen Stapleton, Lonelyhearts
Cara Williams, The Defiant Ones
*Directing Richard Brooks, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Stanley Kramer, The Defiant Ones
*Vincente Minnelli, Gigi
Mark Robson, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Robert Wise, I Want to Live!
*Writing Screenplay Based on Material From Another Medium Richard Brooks and James Poe, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Nelson Gidding and Don Mankiewicz, I Want to Live!
Alec Guinness, The Horse's Mouth
*Alan Jay Lerner, Gigi
Terence Rattigan and John Gay, Separate Tables
*Writing Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Paddy Chayefsky, The Goddess
James Edward Grant and William Bowers, The Sheepman
Fay and Michael Kanin, Teacher's Pet
Melville Shavelson and Jack Rose, Houseboat
*Nedrick Young and Harold Jacob Smith, The Defiant Ones
*Cinematography Black-and-White Daniel L. Fapp, Desire Under the Elms
Charles Lang, Jr., Separate Tables
*Sam Leavitt, The Defiant Ones
Lionel Lindon, I Want to Live!
Joe MacDonald, The Young Lions
*Cinematography Color William Daniels, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
James Wong Howe, The Old Man and the Sea
*Joseph Ruttenberg, Gigi
Leon Shamroy, South Pacific
Harry Stradling, Sr., Auntie Mame
*Art Direction Malcolm Bert, art direction; George James Hopkins, set decoration, Auntie Mame
*William A. Horning and Preston Ames, art direction; Henry Grace and Keogh Gleason, set decoration, Gigi
Cary Odell, art direction; Louis Diage, set decoration, Bell, Book and Candle
Hal Pereira and Henry Bumstead, art direction; Sam Comer and Frank McKelvy, set decoration, Vertigo
Lyle R. Wheeler and John DeCuir, art direction; Walter M. Scott and Paul S. Fox, set decoration, A Certain Smile
*Sound Paramount Studio Sound Dept., Vertigo
Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Dept., I Want to Live!
*Todd-AO Sound Dept., South Pacific
Twentieth Century-Fox Studio Sound Dept., The Young Lions
Universal-International Studio Sound Dept., A Time to Love and a Time to Die
*Music Song “Almost in Your Arms” (Love Song From Houseboat), Houseboat, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, music and lyrics
“A Certain Smile,” A Certain Smile, Sammy Fain, music; Paul Francis Webster, lyrics
*“Gigi,” Gigi, Frederick Loewe, music; Alan Jay Lerner, lyrics
“To Love and Be Loved,” Some Came Running, James Van Heusen, music; Sammy Cahn, lyrics
“A Very Precious Love,” Marjorie Morningstar, Sammy Fain, music; Paul Francis Webster, lyrics
*Music Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture Hugo Friedhofer, The Young Lions
Jerome Moross, The Big Country
David Raksin, Separate Tables
*Dimitri Tiomkin, The Old Man and the Sea
Oliver Wallace, White Wilderness
*Music Scoring of a Musical Picture Yuri Faier and G. Rozhdestvensky, The Bolshoi Ballet
Ray Heindorf, Damn Yankees
Alfred Newman and Ken Darby, South Pacific
Lionel Newman, Mardi Gras
*André Previn, Gigi
*Film Editing *Adrienne Fazan, Gigi
William Hornbeck, I Want to Live!
Frederick Knudtson, The Defiant Ones
William A. Lyon and Al Clark, Cowboy
William Ziegler, Auntie Mame
*Costume Design *Black-and-White or Color
*Cecil Beaton, Gigi
Ralph Jester, Edith Head and John Jensen, The Buccaneer
Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills, A Certain Smile
Jean Louis, Bell, Book and Candle
Walter Plunkett, Some Came Running
*Special Effects A. Arnold Gillespie, visual; Harold Humbrock, audible, Torpedo Run
*Tom Howard, visual, tom thumb
*Short Subjects Cartoon * Knighty Knight Bugs (Bugs Bunny Series) (John W. Burton, producer; Warner Bros.)
Paul Bunyan (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
Sidney's Family Tree (Silly Sidney Series) (Terrytoons; Twentieth Century-Fox)
Short Subjects Live Action * Grand Canyon (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
Journey Into Spring (British Transport Films; Lester A. Schoenfeld Films)
The Kiss (Cohay Productions; Continental Distributing, Inc.)
Snows of Aorangi (New Zealand Screen Board; George Brest and Associates)
T Is for Tumbleweed (James A. Lebenthal Productions; Continental Distributing, Inc.)
*Documentary Short Subject * AMA Girls (People and Places Series) (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
Employees Only (Kenneth G. Brown, producer; Hughes Aircraft Co.)
Journey Into Spring (British Transport Films; Lester A. Schoenfeld Films)
The Living Stone (Tom Daly, producer; National Film Board of Canada)
Overture (United Nations Film Services; Kingsley International Pictures)
*Documentary Feature Antarctic Crossing (World Wide Pictures; Lester A. Schoenfeld Films)
The Hidden World (Robert Snyder, producer; Small World Co.)
Psychiatric Nursing (Nathan Zucker, producer; Dynamic Films, Inc.)
* White Wilderness (True Life Adventure Series) (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
*Foreign Language Film Arms and the Man, Federal Republic of Germany—West
La Venganza, Spain
* My Uncle, France
The Road a Year Long, Yugoslavia
The Usual Unidentified Thieves, Italy
*Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award *Jack L. Warner
*Honorary Award To *Maurice Chevalier for his contributions to the world of entertainment over more than half a century


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