Oscar Movies: Gigi (1958)


Oscar Nominations: 9

Picture, produced by Arthur Freed
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Screenplay (Adapted): Alan Jay Lerner
Cinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg
Art Direction-Set Decoration: William A. Horning and Preston Ames; Henry Grace and Keogh Gleason
Film Editing: Adrienne Fazan
Costume Design: Cecil Beaton
Scoring of a Musical: Andre Previn
Song: “Gigi,” music by Frederick Loewe, lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner

Oscar Awards: 9

“Gigi” became the first Oscar-winning film to win awards in each of its 9 categories (hence they are not listed here).

Oscar Context

In 1958, “Gigi” was the only musical movie to vie for the Best Picture Oscar. The other nominees were: “Auntie Mame,” the Rosalind Russell stage vehicle; “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” adapted from the Tennessee Williams play; Stanley Kramer interracial drama “The Defiant Ones,” and the old-fashioned “Separate Tables,” based on the stage play from Terence Rattigan, adapted to the screen by him and John Gay.

Minnelli won the Directing Oscar at his second nomination (the first was for “American in Paris”). No actor from the musical was nominated for a legit Oscar his/her performance though vet Maurice Chevalier received and Honorary Oscar.

While “Auntie Mame” and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof lost in each of their 6 nominations, “The Defiant Ones” won 2, and so did Separate Tables,” for which David Niven won the Best Actor and Wendy Hiller the Supporting Actress Oscar.