1956 Academy Awards

The 1956 Academy Awards were held on March 27, 1957 and hosted by Jerry Lewis and Celeste Holm in the RKO Theatre in Hollywood, California. The ceremonies were also televised from NBC Century Theatre in New York City.

1956 was the year of epic films with all of the Best Picture nominees having been blockbusters. The very popular John Ford directed movie The Searchers failed to receive any nominations.


Presenters for the 29th Academy Awards for best film making efforts in 1956 included Ingrid Bergman, Kirk Douglas, Deborah Kerr, and Elizabeth Taylor. Performers were Bing Crosby, Dorothy Dandridge, The Four Aces, Gogi Grant, and Tommy Sands.

The 1956 Academy Awards for Best Picture
Around the World in Eighty Days
Friendly Persuasion
The King and I
The Ten Commandments

Around the World in Eighty Days walked away with the 1956 Academy Awards Best Picture Oscar after competing against the blockbusters "Friendly Persuasion", "Giant", "The King and I", and "The Ten Commandments". Along with the Best Picture nomination, the film based on a Jules Verne novel received an Oscar nomination and win for Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture; and Best Writing, Best Screenplay, Adapted.

Many famous actors of the fifties made cameo appearances, including Edward R. Murrow, George Raft, Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, Noel Coward, Andy Devine, Frank Sinatra and over thirty more. The lavish production was filmed in many exotic locations to simulate a mad dash around the world in eighty days. The film was produced by Elizabeth Taylor's third husband, Michael Todd, who died in a plane crash only eighteen months after the October 17, 1956 premier.

The 1956 Academy Awards for Best Actor
Yul Brynner – The King and I
James Dean – Giant
Kirk Douglas – Lust for Life
Rock Hudson – Giant
Laurence Olivier – Richard III

Yul Brynner was the 1956 Oscar winner for his performance in "The King and I." James Dean's posthumous nomination as well as Rock Hudson's nod for best actor were for their roles in "Giant.
Yul Brynner was born in Russia on July 11, 1920 and died in New York City, New York on October 10, 1985.

Although Brynner was recognized as one of the Top 10 Stars for the years 1957 and 1958 and was well noted for his acting skills, his only Academy Award winning performance was as the King of Siam in "The King and I.

The 1956 Academy Awards for Best Actress
      Ingrid Bergman – Anastasia
Carroll Baker – Baby Doll
Katharine Hepburn – The Rainmaker
Nancy Kelly – The Bad Seed
Deborah Kerr – The King and I

Ingrid Bergman won the Best Actress award for "Anastasia." Deborah Kerr did receive a nomination for her performance in "The King and I."
Ingrid Bergman was born in Stockholm, Sweden on August 29, 1915 and died August 29, 1982 at 67 years old.

Best known for her role as Humphrey Bogart's love interest in the 1942 film "Casablanca", Bergman won three Academy Awards. In 1945 she won Best Actress award for "Gaslight" and a Best Supporting Actress award for the 1975 film "Murder on the Orient Express." Her role in "Anastasia" marked her return to the American screen after her much publicized affair and marriage to and divorce from Roberto Rossellini.

The 1956 Academy Awards for Best Director
George Stevens – Giant
Michael Anderson – Around the World in Eighty Days
Walter Lang – The King and I
King Vidor – War and Peace
William Wyler – Friendly Persuasion

Best Supporting Actor Awards
Anthony Quinn – Lust for Life
Don Murray – Bus Stop
Anthony Perkins – Friendly Persuasion
Mickey Rooney – The Bold and the Brave
Robert Stack – Written on the Wind

Best Supporting Actress Awards
Dorothy Malone – Written on the Wind
Mildred Dunnock – Baby Doll
Eileen Heckart – The Bad Seed
Mercedes McCambridge – Giant
Patty McCormack – The Bad Seed

1956 Academy Awards in Costume Design
Best Costume Design in Black and White
The Solid Gold Cadillac – Jean Louis
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 in Color
The King and I – Irene Sharaff
Around the World in Eighty 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 – Marie De Matteis

1956 Academy Awards for Best Original Song
"Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" from The Man Who Knew Too Much – Music and Lyric by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
"Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)" from Friendly Persuasion – Music by Dimitri Tiomkin; Lyric by Paul Francis Webster
"Julie" from Julie – Music by Leith Stevens; Lyric by Tom Adair
"True Love" from High Society – Music and Lyric by Cole Porter
"Written on the Wind" from Written on the Wind – Music by Victor Young; Lyric by Sammy Cahn

Best Original Score
The King and I – Alfred Newman and Ken Darby
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 – George Stoll and Johnny Green

1956 Academy Awards for Writing

Best Screenplay
Le Ballon rouge – Albert Lamorisse
The Bold and the Brave – Robert Lewin
Julie – Andrew L. Stone
La Strada – Federico Fellini and Tullio Pinelli
The Ladykillers – William Rose

Best Story
The Brave One – Dalton Trumbo
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 Cinematography in Black and White
Somebody Up There Likes Me – Joseph Ruttenberg
Baby Doll – Boris Kaufman
The Bad Seed – Harold Rosson
The Harder They Fall – Burnett Guffey
Stagecoach to Fury – Walter Strenge

Best Cinematography in Color

Around the World in Eighty Days – Lionel Lindon
The Eddy Duchin Story – Harry Stradling
The King and I – Leon Shamroy
The Ten Commandments – Loyal Griggs
War and Peace – Jack Cardiff

Best Art Direction in Black and White
Somebody Up There Likes Me – Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons and Malcolm F. Brown; Set Decoration: Edwin B. Willis and F. Keogh Gleason
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: Takashi Matsuyama
The Solid Gold Cadillac – Art Direction: Ross Bellah; Set Decoration: William R. 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 in Color

The King and I – Art Direction: Lyle R. Wheeler and John DeCuir; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott and Paul S. Fox

Around the World in Eighty Days – Art Direction: James W. Sullivan and Ken Adam; Set Decoration: Ross J. Dowd
Giant – Art Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Ralph S. Hurst
Lust for Life – Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters and 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: Sam M. Comer and Ray Moyer

1956 Academy Awards in Film Editing
Around the World in Eighty Days – Gene Ruggiero and Paul Weatherwax
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 Visual Effects
The Ten Commandments – John Fulton
Forbidden Planet – A. Arnold Gillespie, Irving Ries and Wesley C. Miller

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