Oscar Movies: Man With the Golden Arm, The (1955)

United Artists (Otto Preminger Production)

Oscar Nominations: 3

Actor: Frank Sinatra
Art Direction-Set Decoration (b/w): Joseph C. Wright; Darrell Silvera
Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture: Elmer Bernstein

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

In 1955, the most nominated (9) film was “The Rose Tattoo,” based on Tennessee Williams play and directed by the other Mann, Daniel. Most of the nominated pictures were screen adaptations of popular stage or TV plays. The other three nominees were the romantic melodrama “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” John Ford's “Mister Roberts,” and “Picnic.”

This was Frank Sinatra's first Best Actor, and second nomination, after winning the Supporting Actor Award for “From Here to Eternity,” in 1953. The winner, however, was “Marty” lead, Ernest Borgnine, who had co-starred with Sinatra in the 1953 picture as the nasty sergeant.

The Art Direction Award went to “The Rose Tattoo,” and the Score to Alfred Newman for “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing.”