30th Academy Awards
DateMarch 26, 1958
SiteRKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California, United States
Hosted byBob Hope
Rosalind Russell
David Niven
James Stewart
Jack Lemmon
Donald Duck (voice of Clarence Nash by premade animation)
Produced byJerry Wald
Directed byTrevor Newman
Best PictureThe Bridge on the River Kwai
Most awardsThe Bridge on the River Kwai (7)
Most nominationsSayonara (10)
TV in the United States

The 30th Academy Awards ceremony was held on March 26, 1958, to honor the best films of 1957.

Two violent deaths surrounded the Oscars during this ceremony. A plane crash took the life of producer Mike Todd, ending the then-latest marriage of Elizabeth Taylor, at that time a contender for the film Raintree County. Lana Turner, in the running for Peyton Place, would soon be embroiled in a major scandal when Johnny Stompanato, her boyfriend, was killed in her Beverly Hills home.[1] The Best Actress award, however, was won by a relative newcomer, Joanne Woodward, who made her own dress for the occasion, causing presenter Joan Crawford to remark that she was "setting the cause of Hollywood glamour back twenty years by making her own clothes".[1]

As in the previous year, the blacklisting of certain writers led to anomalies in the writing awards. The Academy Award for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium was awarded to Pierre Boulle for The Bridge on the River Kwai, despite the fact that he did not speak English, because the actual writers, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson, were blacklisted at the time and had not received screen credit. Foreman and Wilson have since been acknowledged by the academy as the true recipients of the award, though Boulle remains listed as an official winner.

Peyton Place tied the record for the most nominations without a win (9) set by The Little Foxes (1941). This record would stand until 1977 when The Turning Point received 11 nominations without a win, which is the record to date (The Color Purple tied the record in 1985). Peyton Place also set the record for most unsuccessful acting nominations, with five; this record has been tied once, by Tom Jones at the 36th Academy Awards.

For the first time in Oscar history, during the time period (1944–2008) when Best Picture was limited to five nominees, the Best Director nominees aligned completely with the Best Picture nominees. This would only occur four more times before the Best Picture category's re-expansion in 2009. As of the 96th Academy Awards, Designing Woman is the last film to win the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay when nominated solely in that category.


David Lean; Best Director winner
Alec Guinness; Best Actor winner
Joanne Woodward; Best Actress winner
Red Buttons; Best Supporting Actor winner
Miyoshi Umeki; Best Supporting Actress winner
Carl Foreman; Best Adapted Screenplay co-winner
Jimmy Van Heusen; Best Original Song co-winner
Sammy Cahn; Best Original Song co-winner

Nominees were announced on February 18, 1958. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface.[2]

Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film Best Documentary Feature
Best Live Action Short Subject Best Short Subject – Cartoons
Best Scoring Best Song
Best Sound Recording Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Special Effects

Academy Honorary Awards

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Presenters and performers

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Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ a b Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 841. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  2. ^ "The 30th Academy Awards (1958) Nominees and Winners". Oscars.org (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.
  3. ^ "The 30th Annual Academy Awards (1958 TV Special) Soundtracks". imdb.com. Retrieved March 6, 2019.