Oscars: Worst Best Actor Winners, David Niven, “Separate Tables” (1958)

David Niven, Separate Tables (1958)

In the romantic drama Separate Tables, the stories of several people are told as they stay at a seaside hotel during the off-season.

 In such large ensemble films, it’s often a problem trying to choose who exactly can be considered a lead, and who a supporting role.

David Niven had little screentime to qualify as a supporting actor, but even then, he won the Best Actor Oscar in 1958.

For a long time, Niven’s win has been remembered as one of the most disappointing in the Oscars’ history.

The best lead performance that year was Paul Newman’s in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which earned him the first of many Oscar nominated roles.

Newman would finally win the Best Actor Oscar for a lesser work, in Scorsese’s The Color of Money (1986).