Awards for 1959

Oscar

Best Picture

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Actor in a Leading Role

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Actress in a Leading Role

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Actor in a Supporting Role

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Actress in a Supporting Role

WINNER

Separate Tables: Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller was not present at the awards ceremony. Harold Hecht, the film's producer, accepted on her behalf.

NOMINEES




Best Director

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

WINNER

The Defiant Ones: Nedrick Young, Harold Jacob Smith
Nedrick Young had been blacklisted at the time and the Oscar went to his pseudonym 'Nathan E. Douglas'. In 1993 AMPAS restored Young's credit upon the request of his widow and recommendation of the Academy's writers branch.

NOMINEES



The Sheepman: William Bowers (screenplay), James Edward Grant (screenplay/story)

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Cinematography, Color

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

WINNER

NOMINEES




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

WINNER

Gigi: William A. Horning, E. Preston Ames, Henry Grace, F. Keogh Gleason
William A. Horning's nomination and win was posthumously, as he died after completing his work on Gigi and in the midst of the production on Ben-Hur and North by Northwest; the last two films would earn him Oscar nominations and a win (for Ben-Hur alone) the next year.

NOMINEES




Best Costume Design, Black-and-White or Color

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Sound

WINNER

South Pacific: Fred Hynes (Todd-AO SSD)

NOMINEES

I Want to Live!: Gordon Sawyer (Samuel Goldwyn SSD)

A Time to Love and a Time to Die: Leslie I. Carey (Universal-International SSD)

Vertigo: George Dutton (Paramount SSD)

The Young Lions: Carlton W. Faulkner (20th Century-Fox SSD)

Best Film Editing

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Effects, Special Effects

WINNER

NOMINEE

Best Music, Original Song

WINNER

Gigi: Frederick Loewe (music), Alan Jay Lerner (lyrics)
For the song "Gigi"

NOMINEES

Houseboat: Jay Livingston, Ray Evans
For the song "Almost in Your Arms (Love Song from Houseboat)"

A Certain Smile: Sammy Fain (music), Paul Francis Webster (lyrics)
For the song "A Certain Smile"

Some Came Running: Jimmy Van Heusen (music), Sammy Cahn (lyrics)
For the song "To Love and Be Loved"

Marjorie Morningstar: Sammy Fain (music), Paul Francis Webster (lyrics)
For the song "A Very Precious Love"

Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

WINNER

NOMINEES




Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects

WINNER

Grand Canyon: Walt Disney
James Algar accepting this award.

NOMINEES



Snows of Aorangi: (New Zealand Screen Board)

Best Short Subject, Cartoons

WINNER

NOMINEES


Best Documentary, Short Subjects

WINNER

Ama Girls: Ben Sharpsteen
James Algar accepting this award.

NOMINEES




Best Documentary, Features

WINNER

NOMINEES



Best Foreign Language Film

WINNER

My Uncle
France

NOMINEES

Helden
Germany


The Year Long Road
Yugoslavia

Honorary Award

WINNER

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

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

WINNER

Academy Award of Merit

WINNER


Not awarded.

Scientific and Engineering Award

WINNERS

Don W. Prideaux, Leroy G. Leighton (Lamp Division of General Electric Co.)
For the development and production of an improved 10 kilowatt lamp for motion picture set lighting.

(Panavision, Inc.)
For the design and development of the Auto Panatar anamorphic photographic lens for 35mm CinemaScope photography.

Technical Achievement Award

WINNERS

Willy Borberg (General Precision Laboratory, Inc.)
For the development of a high speed intermittent movement for 35mm motion picture theater projection equipment.

Fred Ponedel (Warner Bros. Special Effects Dept.), George Brown (Warner Bros. Special Effects Dept.), Conrad Boye (Warner Bros. Special Effects Dept.)
For the design and fabrication of a new rapid-fire marble gun.

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