31st Academy Awards

The telecast of the 31st Academy Awards is among the most infamous.

The show’s producer Jerry Wald started cutting numbers from the show to make sure it ran on time. Unfortunately, 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 Gone With the Wind's record of eight. It only lasted for one year, however, as Ben-Hur broke the record with eleven Oscars the following year.

Two notable omissions from the Best Picture nominees included Orson Welles' film noir Touch of Evil and Alfred Hitchcock's romantic mystery Vertigo.

The 1958 Academy Award Winners

Picture: Gigi
Actor: David Niven (Separate Tables)
Actress: Susan Hayward (I Want to Live!)
Supporting Actor: Burl Ives (The Big Country)
Supporting Actress: Wendy Hiller (Separate Tables)
Director: Vincente Minnelli (Gigi)
Adapted Screenplay: Alan Jay Lerner (Gigi)
Original Screenplay: Nathan E. Douglas and Harold Jacob Smith (The Defiant Ones)
Song: "Gigi" (Gigi)
Score: The Old Man and the Sea / Gigi
Cinematography: The Defiant Ones (Black and White) / Gigi (Color)
Costume Design: Gigi
Art / Set Decoration: Gigi
Film Editing: Gigi
Foreign Language Film: My Uncle (France)
Sound: South Pacific
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Short Films: Knighty Knight Bugs (Cartoons) / Grand Canyon (Live Action)
Documentaries: AMA Girls (Short) / White Wilderness (Feature)

The thirty-first Academy Awards ceremony was held on Monday, April 6, 1959 at the RKO Pantages Theatre. The responsibilities of host were shared by Bob Hope, Tony Randall, Mort Sahl, David Niven, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Jerry Lewis. Gigi broke the record shared by Gone With the Wind (1939), From Here to Eternity (1953), and On the Waterfront (1954) for most Oscars won by winning nine Oscars.