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West Side Story- Cool

The "Cool" musical number from West Side Story

Supporting Actor winners George Chakiris and Rita Moreno dancing in the Mambo sequence from West Side Story


Same old host, Same old place. The most memorable event of that night was when the host earned homemade Oscar given by the taxi driver who had to sneak backstage to give the "award" to him. Jackie Gleason and Judy Garland were considered the front runners but both were defeated. This is the first year that the director award was shared by two people for the same movie.(West Side Story) Stanley Kramer earned the Irving G Thalberg Award, George Seaton earned the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and 3 Honorary Oscars were given out. One to Jerome Robbins for choreographic achievements on film, one to William L. Hendriks for his combat short A Force In Readiness, and one to Fred L. Metzler for his service with AMPAS.


Ersatz( The Substitute) won Best Animated Short

Sky Above and Mud Beneath won Best Documentary Feature

Project Hope won Best Documentary Short

Seawards The Great Ships Best Live Action Short

Sweden won Best Foreign Language Film for their entry Through A Glass Darkly

The Guns Of Navarone won Best Special Effects

La Dolce Vita won Best Black and White Costume Design

Splendor In The Grass won Best Original Screenplay

Two Women won Best Actress

The Hustler won 2 Academy Awards for Best Black and White Art Direction and Best Black and White Cinematography

Breakfast At Tiffany's won its 2 Academy Awards for Best Dramatic or Comedy Score and Best Original Song (Moon River)

Judgment At Nuremberg won its 2 Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay

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West Side Story won 10 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Musical Score, Best Sound Recording, Best Technicolor Art Direction, Best Technicolor Cinematography, Best Technicolor Costume Design, and Best Film Editing