1956 Academy Awards

Updated September 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

The 1956 Academy Awards were presented March 27, 1957 at the RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, Calif and the NBC Century Theatre, New York, N.Y.

Best Motion PictureAround the World in 80 Days, Michael Todd, producer (United Artists)
Friendly Persuasion, William Wyler, producer (Allied Artists)
Giant, George Stevens and Henry Ginsberg, producers (Warner Bros.)
The King and I, Charles Brackett, producer (Twentieth Century-Fox)
The Ten Commandments, Cecil B. DeMille, producer (Paramount)

Around the World in 80 Days
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Best ActorYul Brynner, The King and I
James Dean, Giant
Kirk Douglas, Lust for Life
Rock Hudson, Giant
Sir Laurence Olivier, Richard III
Best ActressCarroll Baker, Baby Doll
Ingrid Bergman, Anastasia
Katharine Hepburn, The Rainmaker
Nancy Kelly, The Bad Seed
Deborah Kerr, The King and I
Actor in a Supporting RoleDon Murray, Bus Stop
Anthony Perkins, Friendly Persuasion
Anthony Quinn, Lust for Life
Mickey Rooney, The Bold and the Brave
Robert Stack, Written on the Wind
Actress in a Supporting RoleMildred Dunnock, Baby Doll
Eileen Heckart, The Bad Seed
Mercedes McCambridge, Giant
Patty McCormack, The Bad Seed
Dorothy Malone, Written on the Wind
DirectingMichael Anderson, Around the World in 80 Days
Walter Lang, The King and I
George Stevens, Giant
King Vidor, War and Peace
William Wyler, Friendly Persuasion
Motion Picture StoryLeo Katcher, The Eddy Duchin Story
Jean Paul Sartre, The Proud and the Beautiful
Dalton Trumbo, The Brave One
Cesare Zavattini, Umberto D.
Screenplay, AdaptedNorman Corwin, Lust for Life
Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat, Giant
James Poe, John Farrow and S.J. Perelman, Around the World in 80 Days
Tennessee Williams, Baby Doll
Screenplay, OriginalFederico Fellini and Tullio Pinelli, La Strada
Albert Lamorisse, The Red Balloon
Robert Lewin, The Bold and the Brave
William Rose, The Lady Killers
Andrew L. Stone, Julie
Black-and-WhiteBurnett Guffey, The Harder They Fall
Boris Kaufman, Baby Doll
Hal Rosson, The Bad Seed
Joseph Ruttenberg, Somebody Up There Likes Me
Walter Strenge, Stagecoach to Fury
ColorJack Cardiff, War and Peace
Loyal Griggs, The Ten Commandments
Lionel Lindon, Around the World in 80 Days
Leon Shamroy, The King and I
Harry Stradling, The Eddy Duchin Story
Art Direction
Black-and-WhiteRoss Bellah, art direction; William R. Kiernan and Louis Diage, set decoration, The Solid Gold Cadillac
Cedric Gibbons and Malcolm F. Brown, art direction; Edwin B. Willis and F. Keogh Gleason, set decoration, Somebody Up There Likes Me
Takashi Matsuyama, art direction and set decoration, The Magnificent Seven
Hal Pereira and A. Earl Hedrick, art direction; Samuel M. Comer and Frank R. McKelvy, set decoration, The Proud and the Profane
Lyle R. Wheeler and Jack Martin Smith, art direction; Walter M. Scott and Stuart A. Reiss, set decoration, Teenage Rebel
ColorCedric Gibbons, Hans Peters and Preston Ames, art direction; Edwin B. Willis and F. Keogh Gleason, set decoration, Lust for Life
Boris Leven, art direction; Ralph S. Hurst, set decoration, Giant
Hal Pereira, Walter H. Tyler and Albert Nozaki, art direction; Sam M. Comer and Ray Moyer, set decoration, The Ten Commandments
James W. Sullivan and Ken Adam, art direction; Ross J. Dowd, set decoration, Around the World in 80 Days
Lyle R. Wheeler and John DeCuir, art direction; Walter M. Scott and Paul S. Fox, set decoration, The King and I
Sound RecordingColumbia Studio Sound Dept., The Eddy Duchin Story
Paramount Studio Sound Dept., The Ten Commandments
RKO Radio Studio Sound Dept., The Brave One
Twentieth Century-Fox Studio Sound Dept., The King and I
Westrex Sound Services, Inc. and Samuel Goldwyn Studio Sound Dept., Friendly Persuasion
Song“Friendly Persuasion” (Thee I Love), Friendly Persuasion, Dimitri Tiomkin, music; Paul Francis Webster, lyrics
“Julie,” Julie, Leith Stevens, music; Tom Adair, lyrics
“True Love,” High Society; Cole Porter, music and lyrics
“Whatever Will Be, Will Be” (Que Será, Será), The Man Who Knew Too Much, Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, music and lyrics
“Written on the Wind,” Written on the Wind, Victor Young, music; Sammy Cahn, lyrics
Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy PictureHugo Friedhofer, Between Heaven and Hell
Alfred Newman, Anastasia
Alex North, The Rainmaker
Dimitri Tiomkin, Giant
Victor Young, Around the World in 80 Days
Scoring of a Musical PictureJohnny Green and Saul Chaplin, High Society
Alfred Newman and Ken Darby, The King and I
Lionel Newman, The Best Things in Life Are Free
George Stoll and Johnny Green, Meet Me in Las Vegas
Morris Stoloff and George Duning, The Eddy Duchin Story
Film EditingAlbert Akst, Somebody Up There Likes Me
Anne Bauchens, The Ten Commandments
William Hornbeck, Philip W. Anderson and Fred Bohanan, Giant
Gene Ruggiero and Paul Weatherwax, Around the World in 80 Days
Merrill G. White, The Brave One
Costume Design
Black-and-WhiteKohei Ezaki, The Magnificent Seven
Edith Head, The Proud and the Profane
Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills, Teenage Rebel
Jean Louis, The Solid Gold Cadillac
Helen Rose, The Power and the Prize
ColorMarie De Matteis, War and Peace
Edith Head, Ralph Jester, John Jensen, Dorothy Jeakins and Arnold Friberg, The Ten Commandments
Moss Mabry and Marjorie Best, Giant
Irene Sharaff, The King and I
Miles White, Around the World in 80 Days
Special EffectsJohn Fulton, The Ten Commandments
A. Arnold Gillespie, Irving Ries and Wesley C. Miller, Forbidden Planet
Short Subjects
CartoonGerald McBoing-Boing on Planet Moo (Jolly Frolics Series) (United Productions of America; Columbia)
The Jay Walker (UPA Special Series) (United Productions of America; Columbia)
Mister Magoo's Puddle Jumper (Mr. Magoo Series) (United Productions of America; Columbia)
One-ReelCrashing the Water Barrier (The Sports Parade Series) (Konstantin Kalser, producer; Warner Bros.)
I Never Forget a Face (Warner Specials Series) (Robert Youngson, producer; Warner Bros.)
Time Stood Still (Scope Gems Series) (Cedric Francis, producer; Warner Bros.)
Two-ReelThe Bespoke Overcoat (Go Pictures, Inc.; Romulus Films)
Cow Dog (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
The Dark Wave (John Healy, producer; Twentieth Century-Fox)
Samoa (People and Places Series) (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
Short SubjectA City Decides (Charles Guggenheim and Associates, Inc.)
The Dark Wave (John Healy, producer; Twentieth Century-Fox)
The House Without a Name (Valentine Davies, producer; Universal-International)
Man in Space (Walt Disney Productions; Buena Vista)
The True Story of the Civil War (Louis Clyde Stoumen, producer; Camera Eye Pictures, Inc.)
FeatureThe Naked Eye (Camera Eye Pictures, Inc.; Film Representatives, Inc.)
The Silent World (Filmad-F.S.J.Y.C. Production; Columbia)
Where Mountains Float (Arno/Studios, Copenhagen; Brandon Films, Inc.)
Foreign Language FilmThe Captain of Kopenick, Federal Republic of Germany—West
Gervaise, France
Harp of Burma, Japan
Qivitoq, Denmark
La Strada, Italy
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardBuddy Adler
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award (Not necessarily given each year )Y. Frank Freeman
Honorary AwardTo Eddie Cantor for distinguished service to the film industry

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