ⓘ 31st Academy Awards


ⓘ 31st Academy Awards

The 31st Academy Awards ceremony was held on April 6, 1959, to honor the best films of 1958. The shows 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 1987 to win Best Picture without any acting nominations. It also had the biggest clean sweep at the time, winning all nine of its nominations, a record that would be tied by The Last Emperor. This record was broken in 2003 when The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won all 11 of its nominations.

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.


1. Awards

Nominations announced on February 23, 1959. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface

Academy Honorary Award

  • Maurice Chevalier" for his contributions to the world of entertainment for more than half a century.”

2.1. Presenters and performers Presenters

  • Charlton Heston and Jane Wyman Presenters: Best Sound Recording
  • Rosalind Russell Presenter: Honorary Award to Maurice Chevalier
  • Buddy Adler Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
  • Doris Day and Rock Hudson Presenters: Cinematography Awards
  • Gary Cooper and Millie Perkins Presenters: Best Director
  • Dirk Bogarde, Van Heflin, and Elizabeth Taylor Presenters: Writing Awards
  • James Cagney and Kim Novak Presenters: Best Actress
  • June Allyson and Dick Powell Presenters: Musical Scoring Awards
  • Red Buttons and Shelley Winters Presenters: Best Supporting Actress
  • Eddie Albert and Vincent Price Presenters: Art Direction Award
  • Sophia Loren and Dean Martin Presenters: Best Original Song
  • Cyd Charisse and Robert Stack Presenters: Best Foreign Language Film
  • Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh Presenters: Short Subjects Awards
  • Anthony Franciosa and Eva Marie Saint Presenters: Music Awards
  • Steve Forrest and Jean Simmons Presenters: Best Film Editing
  • Wendell Corey and Ernie Kovacs Presenters: Costume Design Award
  • Irene Dunne and John Wayne Presenters: Best Actor
  • Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant Presenters: Best Motion Picture
  • Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood Presenters: Documentary Awards
  • Shirley MacLaine and Peter Ustinov Presenters: Best Visual Effects
  • Bette Davis and Anthony Quinn Presenters: Best Supporting Actor

2.2. Presenters and performers Performers

  • Eddie Fisher "To Love and Be Loved" from Some Came Running
  • Nick Adams, Anna Maria Alberghetti, James Darren, Dean Jones, Connie Stevens, and Tuesday Weld "Almost In Your Arms" from Houseboat
  • John Raitt "A Certain Smile" from A Certain Smile
  • Joan Collins, Angela Lansbury and Dana Wynter "Its Great Not to Be Nominated"
  • Tony Martin "Gigi" from Gigi
  • Rhonda Fleming and Howard Keel "A Very Precious Love" from Marjorie Morningstar
  • Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster "Its Alright With Us"