Oscar Movies: I Want to Live! (1958)

United Artists (Figaro)

Oscar Nominations: 6

Director: Robert Wise
Actress: Susan Hayward
Screenplay (Adapted): Nelson Gidding and Don Mankiewicz
Cinematography (b/w): Lionel Lindon
Film Editing: William Hornbeck
Sound: Gordon E. Sawyer

Oscar Awards: 1

Actress

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.

Susan Hayward is one of the few lead women to win the Best Actress Oscar at her fifth nomination.

Minnelli won the Directing Oscar at his second nomination (the first was for “American in Paris”).

The b/w Cinematography Oscar went to Sam Leavitt for “The Defiant Ones,” and the Sound Award to the musical “South Pacific.”