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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 Kwaimarker, 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



Breakdown

(Awards won/nominations)




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