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29th Academy Awards
Date 27 March 1957
Site RKO Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA, NBC Century Theatre, New York, USA
Host Jerry Lewis
Celeste Holm
Producer Valentine Davies
Director Bill Bennington
Max Miller
Best Picture Around the World in Eighty Days
TV in the United States
Network NBC
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During the 29th Academy Awards, the regular competitive category of Best Foreign Language Film was introduced, instead of only being recognized as a Special Achievement Award or as a Best Picture nominee (as in 1938). The first winner in this new category was Federico Fellini's La strada with Anthony Quinn and a second nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Its win would help spur an interest in foreign-language films. Another Fellini film, Nights of Cabiria would win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in the following year.

This was also the first year that all of the five Best Picture nominees were in color.

All of the major awards winners were large-scale epics - Mike Todd's Around the World in Eighty Days, The King and I, Anastasia, Giant, Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (the highest grossing film of the year), King Vidor's War and Peace, and William Wyler's Friendly Persuasion. And the trend toward blockbusters and colorful spectaculars was established for years to come, with The Bridge on the River Kwai, Gigi, and Ben-Hur being subsequent Best Picture champions.

The Best Original Story category had two interesting quirks this year. First, the Oscar for Best Original Story went to Robert Rich (also known as Dalton Trumbo) for The Brave One. Trumbo was blacklisted at the time so he could not get screen credit under his own name. Second, Edward Bernds and Elwood Ullman withdrew their names from consideration in this category for their work on High Society. The nomination was apparently intended for the musical starring Grace Kelly, but Bernds and Ullman had instead worked on a Bowery Boys movie of the same title. Indeed, this nomination was a double mistake. High Society was based on the play and movie The Philadelphia Story and probably would not have qualified as an original story anyway.

It was here that James Dean became the only actor to receive a second posthumous - and consecutive - nomination for acting.

Director John Ford's classic western The Searchers, widely seen as one of the best American films of all time, failed to receive a single nomination.


Winners & Nominees


Best Picture

Best Director

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Writing, Motion Picture Story

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Best Cinematography, Color

Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color

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

Best Costume Design, Color

Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

Best Sound, Recording

Best Film Editing

Best Effects, Special Effects

Best Original Song

Best Original Score, Comedy or Dramatic Picture

Best Original Score, Musical Picture

Best Foreign Language Film

Honorary Award


(Awards won/nominations)


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