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"Madness, Madness" - The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

the madness scene from bridge on the river kwai

trailer poster for bridge on the river kwai


Host of this year were Bob Hope, David Niven, Rosalind Rusell, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart and Donald Duck, the first and only time that a cartoon character became host. This is the first time that the show was broadcast live. For one of the screenplay categories, Pierre Boulle won for Bridge On The River Kwai even though he knew no English. The real writers of that film were blacklisted and earned no screen credit for their work. Joanne Woodward winning for Three Faces Of Eve, made the film the last film until the 1988 ceremony to win the leading actress award with no other nominations. The Short Film categories finally merged into one for good. Samuel Goldwyn received the Irving G Thalberg Award and 3 honorary Oscars were given out. One for Charles Brackett for his services to the Academy, another for B.B. Kahane for his services to the film industry, one for Gilber M. Broncho "Billy" Anderson for his contributions to having motion pictures developed as entertainment and to the Society Of Motion Picture and Television Engineers for contributions to the advancement of the motion picture industry. Two Scientific and Technical Awards were given: One to Todd-AO and Westrex for the Todd-AO Sound System and one to the Motion Picture Research Council for developing and designing screens for drive-in theatres.


The Wetback Hound won Best Live Action Short

Birds Anonymous won Best Animated Short

No awards were given for Best Documentary Short

Albert Schweitzer won Best Documentary Feature

Italy won Best Foreign Language Film for their entry Nights Of Cabiria

The Enemy Below won Best Special Effects

Les Girls won Best Costume Design

The Joker Is Wild won Best Original Song ( All The Way)

Designing Woman won Best Original Screenplay

The Three Faces Of Eve won Best Actress (its sole nomination)

Sayonara won 4 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Sound Recording, and Best Art Direction

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The Bridge On The River Kwai won 7 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Film Editing