|Produced by Jerry Wald|
Date 26 March 1958
Director Alan Handley
|Directed by Alan Handley|
Other ceremonies 1957, 1959
|Site RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California, USA|
Hosted by Bob Hope Rosalind Russell David Niven James Stewart Jack Lemmon Donald Duck (voice of Clarence Nash, by premade animation)
Best Picture The Bridge on the River Kwai
Most awards The Bridge on the River Kwai (7)
Location Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, California, United States
The 30th Academy Awards ceremony was held on March 26, 1958, to honor the best films of 1957.
The Oscar for Writing Based on Material From Another Medium was awarded to Pierre Boulle for The Bridge on the River Kwai, despite the fact that he did not know English. The actual writers, Carl Foreman and Michael Wilson were blacklisted at the time and did not receive screen credit for their work. Foreman and Wilson have since been acknowledged by the Academy for their contributions.
Joanne Woodward's win for Best Actress for her triple role as Eve White, Eve Black, and Jane in The Three Faces of Eve marked the film as the last to win Best Actress without being nominated for other awards. This was broken 31 years later when Jodie Foster won Best Actress for her role in The Accused, the film's only nomination.
Peyton Place tied the record for the most nominations without a single win (9) with The Little Foxes. It would not be broken until 1977 when The Turning Point received 11 nominations without a win, and has not been broken since, though The Color Purple subsequently tied the record. Peyton Place also set the record for most unsuccessful acting nominations with five; this record has been tied once, by Tom Jones at the 36th Academy Awards.
This was the first time all five Best Picture nominations were nominated for Best Director as well.
Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface