Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1958

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1958, Gigi gets top honors.

1958

Best Picture

NOMINEES: Auntie Mame, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, Gigi, Separate Tables

THE WINNER: Gigi (MGM)

DIRECTOR: Vincente Minnelli

PLAYERS: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan

Best Actor

NOMINEES: Tony Curtis (The Defiant Ones); Paul Newman (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof); David Niven (Separate Tables); Sidney Poitier (The Defiant Ones); Spencer Tracy (The Old Man and the Sea)

THE WINNER: David Niven

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Susan Hayward (I Want to Live!); Deborah Kerr (Separate Tables); Shirley MacLaine (Some Came Running); Rosalind Russell (Auntie Mame); Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)

THE WINNER: Susan Hayward

Behind the Oscar

A big program foul-up on television. As all of the 90 participating stars were singing the grand finale of "There's No Business Like Show Business," it was discovered that the 2-hour show still had 20 minutes to go. Jerry Lewis frantically tried to improvise by some impromptu conducting, but the stars began to talk among themselves, some of them leaving, some of them bumping together in confusion, until NBC mercifully switched to a 15-minute sports filler.

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