Tuesday, April 6, 2010
31st Academy Awards
Today in 1959 the Oscars celebrated the year of 1958 in film by awarding the Best Picture prize and 8 more Oscars to Gigi, breaking the record of 8 Oscars won by Gone With the Wind in 1940.
The record would stand only one year as we saw in yesterday's post when Ben-Hur captured 11 Academy Awards to set the new standard.
The hosts for the ceremony were Jerry Lewis, Mort Sahl, Tony Randall,Bob Hope, David Niven and Sir Laurence Olivier. This show was infamous for the end where the producer had cut performance numbers to get the show in under 3 hours but he cut too much and left Jerry Lewis with 20 minutes of air time to fill. NBC eventually cut to a sports program for the remaining time.