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Oscars 1959: Winners and Nominees of the 31st Academy Awards

Public list by WPS with 53 movies or TV shows/series

These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1959 on 04/06/1959.

The 31st Academy Awards ceremony was held on April 6, 1959, to honor the best films of 1958. The show's 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. ()

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Vertigo(1958)

4.1/5 (with 2,069 votes)

A retired San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her.

Gigi(1958)

G
| 1h 56min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 105 votes)

A home, a motorcar, servants, the latest fashions: the most eligible and most finicky bachelor in Paris offers them all to Gigi. But she, who's gone from girlish gawkishness to cultured glamour before our eyes, yearns for that wonderful something money can't buy.

The Big Country(1958)

3.8/5 (with 98 votes)

Retired wealthy sea captain Jim McKay arrives in the vast expanse of the West to marry fiancée Pat Terrill. McKay is a man whose values and approach to life are a mystery to the ranchers and ranch foreman Steve Leech takes an immediate dislike to him. Pat is spoiled, selfish and controlled by her wealthy father, Major Henry Terrill. The Major is involved in a ruthless civil war, over watering rights for cattle, with a rough hewn clan led by Rufus Hannassey. The land in question is owned by Julie Maragon and both Terrill and Hannassey want it.

South Pacific(1958)

2h 37min | Music, Romance / Love, War
3.2/5 (with 36 votes)

Can a girl from Little Rock find happiness with a mature French planter she got to know one enchanted evening away from the military hospital where she is a nurse? Or should she just wash that man out of her hair? Bloody Mary is the philosopher of the island and it's hard to believe she could be the mother of Liat who has captured the heart of Lt. Joseph Cable USMC. While waiting for action in the war in the South Pacific, sailors and nurses put on a musical comedy show. The war gets closer and the saga of Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque becomes serious drama.

Big Deal on Madonna Street(1958)

1h 46min | Comedy, Crime
4.1/5 (with 245 votes)

Best friends Peppe and Mario are thieves, but they're not very good at it. Still, Peppe thinks that he's finally devised a master heist that will make them rich. With the help of some fellow criminals, he plans to dig a tunnel from a rented apartment to the pawnshop next door, where they can rob the safe. But his plan is far from foolproof, and the fact that no one in the group has any experience digging tunnels proves to be the least of their problems.

Mon Oncle(1958)

1h 58min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 167 votes)

Genial, bumbling Monsieur Hulot loves his top-floor apartment in a grimy corner of the city, and cannot fathom why his sister's family has moved to the suburbs. Their house is an ultra-modern nightmare, which Hulot only visits for the sake of stealing away his rambunctious young nephew. Hulot's sister, however, wants to win him over to her new way of life, and conspires to set him up with a wife and job.

Houseboat(1958)

3.2/5 (with 54 votes)

An Italian socialite on the run signs on as housekeeper for a widower with three children.

The Young Lions(1958)

2h 47min | Action, Drama, War
3.5/5 (with 42 votes)

The Young Lions follows the lives of three soldiers: one German and two Americans, paralleling their experiences in World War II until they meet up at the end for a confrontation.

The Old Man and the Sea(1958)

1h 26min | Adventure, Drama
3.3/5 (with 45 votes)

Santiago is an aging, down-on-his-luck, Cuban fisherman who, after catching nothing for nearly 3 months, hooks a huge Marlin and struggles to land it far out in the Gulf Stream.

Directed by John Sturges - With Spencer Tracy, Don Diamond, Don Alvarado, Carlos Rivero, Ernest Hemingway, Mary Welsh Hemingway, ...

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(1958)

NR
| 1h 48min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.9/5 (with 258 votes)

An alcoholic ex-football player drinks his days away, having failed to come to terms with his sexuality and his real feelings for his football buddy who died after an ambiguous accident. His wife is crucified by her desperation to make him desire her: but he resists the affections of his wife. His reunion with his father—who is dying of cancer—jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son.

Bell, Book and Candle(1958)

NR
| 1h 46min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 71 votes)

A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancee, so she enchants him to love her instead... only to fall in love with him for real.

The Defiant Ones(1958)

NR
| 1h 36min | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 72 votes)

Two convicts—a white racist and an angry black man—escape while chained to each other.

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Auntie Mame(1958)

3.5/5 (with 34 votes)

Ten-year-old orphan Patrick Dennis has come to live with his marvelously madcap Auntie Mame, who lives life to the hilt. "Life is a banquet," Mame says, "and most poor suckers are starving to death!".

The Inn of the Sixth Happiness(1958)

2h 38min | War, Drama
3.4/5 (with 26 votes)

All her life Englishwoman Gladys Aylward knew that China was the place where she belonged. Not qualified to be sent there as a missionary, Gladys works as a domestic to earn the money to send herself to a poor, remote village. There she eventually lives a full and happy life: running the inn, acting as "foot inspector", advising the local Mandarin and even winning the heart of mixed race Captain Lin Nan. But Gladys discovers her real destiny when the country is invaded by Japan and the Chinese children need her to save their lives. Based on a true story.

Teacher's Pet(1958)

3.4/5 (with 29 votes)

A rugged city editor (Clark Gable) poses as a journalism student and flirts with the professor (Doris Day).

Separate Tables(1958)

1h 40min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 37 votes)

Boarders at an English resort struggle with emotional problems.

Some Came Running(1958)

2h 17min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 36 votes)

Hard-drinking novelist Dave Hirsh returns home after being gone for years. His brother wants Dave to settle down, and introduces him to English teacher Gwen French. Moody Dave resents his brother, and spends his days hanging out with Bama Dillert, a professional gambler who parties late into the night. Torn between the admiring Gwen and Ginny Morehead, an easy woman who loves him, Dave grows increasingly angry.

The Buccaneer(1958)

NR
| 1h 59min | Adventure, Drama, War, History
3.2/5 (with 16 votes)

During the War of 1812 against Britain: General Andrew Jackson has only 1,200 men left to defend New Orleans when he learns that a British fleet will arrive with 60 ships and 16,000 men to take the city. In this situation an island near the city becomes strategically important to both parties, but it's inhabited by the last big buccaneer: Jean Lafitte. Although Lafitte never attacks American ships, the governor hates him for selling merchandise without taxes - and is loved by the citizens for the same reason. When the big fight gets nearer, Lafitte is drawn between the fronts. His heart belongs to America, but his people urge him to join the party that's more likely to win.

Tom Thumb(1958)

3.2/5 (with 24 votes)

The Forest Queen grants the wish of Jonathan, the woodcutter, and his wife, Anna.

The Sheepman(1958)

1h 25min | Western, Comedy
3.3/5 (with 17 votes)

A stranger in a Western cattle-town behaves with remarkable self-assurance, establishing himself as a man to be reckoned with. The reason appears with his stock: a herd of sheep, which he intends to graze on the range. The horrified inhabitants decide to run him out at all costs.

I Want to Live!(1958)

NR
| 2h | Crime, Drama
3.6/5 (with 32 votes)

Barbara Graham is a woman with dubious moral standards, often a guest in seedy bars. She has been sentenced for some petty crimes. Two men she knows murder an older woman. When they get caught they start to think that Barbara has helped the police arresting them. As a revenge they tell the police that Barbara is the murderer.

Cowboy(1958)

NR
| 1h 32min | Western
3.2/5 (with 19 votes)

Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves, he joins Tom Reece and his cattle-driving outfit. Soon, though, the tenderfoot finds out life on the range is neither what he expected nor what he's been looking for...

A Time to Love and a Time to Die(1958)

2h 12min | Drama, War, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 24 votes)

A German soldier home on leave falls in love with a girl, then returns to World War II.

Knighty Knight Bugs(1958)

G
| 6min | Animation
3.4/5 (with 19 votes)

King Arthur's kingdom and the knights of the Round Table are in the doldrums since the Dark Knight stole the Singing Sword and put it under the protection of a fire-breathing dragon. The king's jester, Bugs Bunny, says only a fool would try to steal it back, so the king orders him to try. The jester boldly enters the Dark Knight's castle, initially catching his adversaries napping, but when the Singing Sword wakes the knight and the dragon, can Bugs complete his mission? He's a clever fool. A moat, portcullis, and catapult all figure in the face off.

Directed by Friz Freleng

The Brothers Karamazov(1958)

2h 25min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.3/5 (with 13 votes)

Ryevsk, Russia, 1870. Tensions abound in the Karamazov family. Fyodor is a wealthy libertine who holds his purse strings tightly. His four grown sons include Dmitri, the eldest, an elegant officer, always broke and at odds with his father, betrothed to Katya, herself lovely and rich. The other brothers include a sterile aesthete, a factotum who is a bastard, and a monk. Family tensions erupt when Dmitri falls in love with one of his father's mistresses, the coquette Grushenka. Two brothers see Dmitri's jealousy of their father as an opportunity to inherit sooner. Acts of violence lead to the story's conclusion: trials of honor, conscience, forgiveness, and redemption.

The Horse's Mouth(1958)

1h 35min | Comedy
3.7/5 (with 14 votes)

Gulley Jimson is a boorish aging artist recently released from prison. A swindler in search of his next art project, he hunkers down in the penthouse of would-be patrons the Beeders while they go on an extended vacation; he paints a mural on their wall, pawns their valuables and, along with the sculptor Abel, inadvertently smashes a large hole in their floor. Jimson's next project is an even larger wall in an abandoned church.

Vengeance(1958)

2h 2min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

After spending ten years in prison for a crime he did not commit, John is free. He is determined to kill Luis "The Twisted", which believes that is the blame for his misfortunes, but as he needs money, he has no choice than to work for their enemy.

The Goddess(1958)

1h 44min | Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Booze, pills and loneliness mark a young actress' rise to stardom.

Marjorie Morningstar(1958)

3.2/5 (with 5 votes)

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object among other things to his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law. Noel himself warns Marjorie repeatedly that she's much too naive and conventional for him, but they nonetheless fall in love. As they pursue an on-again-off-again relationship, Marjorie completes her studies at Hunter College, and works to establish an acting career, while Noel first leaves the theater for a job with an advertising agency, but later completes a musical he'd started writing before he and Marjorie had first met.

Desire Under the Elms(1958)

1h 51min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion. Hating him, and sharing his greed, are the sons of two wives Cabot has overworked into early graves. Most bitter is Eben, whose mother had owned most of the farm, and who feels who should be sole heir. When the old man brings home a new wife, Anna, she becomes a fierce contender to inherit the farm. Two of the sons leave when Eben gives them the fare in return for their shares of the farm. Meanwhile, Anna tries to cause some sparks by rubbing up against Eben.

Directed by Delbert Mann - With Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Burl Ives, Robert Williams, Anne Seymour, Frank Overton, ...
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