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During the 29th Academy Awards, the regular competitive category of
Best Foreign Language FilmThis is a list of categories of awards commonly awarded through organizations that bestow film awards, including those presented by various film, festivals, and people's awards. Best Actor/Best Actress *See Best Actor#Film awards, Best Actress#Film ...

Best Foreign Language Film
was introduced, instead of only being recognized as a Special Achievement Award or as a Best Picture nominee (as in 1938). The first winner in this new category was
Federico Fellini's
Federico Fellini's
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'' with
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and a second nomination for
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. Its win would help spur an interest in foreign-language films. Another Fellini film, ''
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'' would win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in the following year. This was also the first year that all of the five Best Picture nominees were in color. It was also the first Oscar telecast to be videotaped for later broadcast, especially for those network affiliates that didn't want to broadcast the event live. All of the major awards winners were large-scale epics – Mike Todd's ''
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'', ''
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'', ''
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'',
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'', Cecil B. DeMille's ''
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'' (the highest-grossing film of the year), King Vidor's ''
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'' and William Wyler's '' Friendly Persuasion''. And the trend toward blockbusters and colorful spectaculars was established for years to come, with ''
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'', '' Gigi'', and '' Ben-Hur'' being subsequent Best Picture champions. The Best Original Story category had two interesting quirks this year. First, the Oscar for Best Original Story for '' The Brave One'' was awarded to Robert Rich, a pseudonym of Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted at the time and thus unable to receive credit under his own name. Second, Edward Bernds and Elwood Ullman withdrew their names from consideration in this category for their work on ''High Society (1956 film), High Society'', as the nomination had been intended for the musical starring Grace Kelly, while Bernds and Ullman had instead written a The Bowery Boys, Bowery Boys film of the High Society (1955 film), same name. In fact, the nomination was a double mistake, as ''High Society'' was based on the play and film ''The Philadelphia Story (film), The Philadelphia Story'' and probably would not have qualified as an original story anyway. James Dean became the only actor to receive a second posthumous – and consecutive – nomination for acting. Ingrid Bergman was not present to collect her award for Best Actress: Cary Grant accepted it on her behalf. She did, however, list the nominees for Best Director via a pre-recorded segment from a rooftop in Paris. The winner was announced by host Jerry Lewis. Director John Ford, John Ford's classic western ''The Searchers'', widely seen as List of films considered the best, one of the best American films of all time, failed to receive a single nomination. This was the second time since the introduction of the Supporting Actor and Actress awards that Best Picture, Best Director, and all four acting Oscars were given to different films. This would not happen again until the 78th Academy Awards. ''Around the World in 80 Days'' became the sixth film to win Best Picture without any acting nominations.


Awards

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.


Academy Honorary Award

*Eddie Cantor "for distinguished service to the film industry".


Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

*Buddy Adler


Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

*Y. Frank Freeman


Presenters and performers


Presenters

*Carroll Baker (Presenter: Best Original Song) *Ingrid Bergman (Presenter: Best Director) *Ernest Borgnine (Presenter: Best Actress) *Gower Champion and Marge Champion (Presenters: Art Direction Awards) *Dorothy Dandridge (Presenter: Best Visual Effects) *Kirk Douglas (Presenter: Best Film Editing) *Janet Gaynor (Presenter: Best Motion Picture) *Rock Hudson and Eva Marie Saint (Presenters: Best Musical Score and Best Dramatic or Comedy Score) *Nancy Kelly (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor) *Deborah Kerr (Presenter: Writing Awards) *Jack Lemmon (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress) *Anna Magnani (Presenter: Best Actor) *Dorothy Malone (Presenter: Best Sound Recording) *Mercedes McCambridge and Robert Stack (Presenters: Documentary Awards) *Patty McCormack and Mickey Rooney (Presenters: Short Subject Awards) *George Seaton (Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film, Honorary Award, the Irving G. Thalberg Award and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award) *Elizabeth Taylor (Presenter: Costume Design Awards) *Claire Trevor (Presenter: Cinematography Awards)


Performers

*Bing Crosby ("True Love (Cole Porter song), True Love" from ''High Society (1956 film), High Society'') *Dorothy Dandridge ("Julie" from ''Julie (1956 film), Julie'') *The Four Aces ("Written on the Wind" from ''Written on the Wind'') *Gogi Grant ("Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" from ''The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956 film), The Man Who Knew Too Much'') *Tommy Sands (entertainer), Tommy Sands ("Friendly Persuasion (song), Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love)" from '' Friendly Persuasion'')


Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations: *''10 nominations:'' ''
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'' *''9 nominations:'' ''
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'' *''8 nominations:'' ''
Around the World in 80 Days ''Around the World in Eighty Days'' (french: link=no, Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is an adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in French in 1872. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed ...
'' *''7 nominations:'' ''
The Ten Commandments The Ten Commandments ( he, עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדִּבְּרוֹת, ''Aseret ha'Dibrot''; ar, وصايا عشر, ''Alwasaya Aleashr''), also known as the Decalogue, are a set of biblical principles relating to ethics and worship that play a ...
'' *''6 nominations:'' '' Friendly Persuasion'' *''4 nominations:'' ''Baby Doll'', ''The Bad Seed (1956 film), The Bad Seed'', ''The Eddy Duchin Story'' and ''Lust for Life (1956 film), Lust for Life'' *''3 nominations:'' '' The Brave One'', ''High Society (1956 film), High Society'', ''Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956 film), Somebody Up There Likes Me'', ''
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'' and ''Written on the Wind'' *''2 nominations:'' ''
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'', ''The Bold and the Brave'', ''The Dark Wave'', ''Julie (1956 film), Julie'', ''
La Strada ''La strada'' () is a 1954 Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini from his own screenplay co-written with Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano. The film tells the story of Gelsomina, a simple-minded young woman (Giulietta Masina) bought from ...
'', ''The Proud and Profane'', ''The Rainmaker (1956 film), The Rainmaker'', ''Seven Samurai'', ''The Solid Gold Cadillac'' and ''Teenage Rebel'' The following films received multiple awards. *''5 wins:'' ''
Around the World in 80 Days ''Around the World in Eighty Days'' (french: link=no, Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours) is an adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in French in 1872. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed ...
'' and ''
The King and I ''The King and I'' is the fifth musical by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein. It is based on Margaret Landon's novel, ''Anna and the King of Siam'' (1944), which is in turn derived from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, governess to the children ...
'' *''2 wins:'' ''Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956 film), Somebody Up There Likes Me''


See also

*14th Golden Globe Awards *1956 in film * 8th Primetime Emmy Awards * 9th Primetime Emmy Awards * 10th British Academy Film Awards * 11th Tony Awards


References

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