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The 28th Academy Awards (1956)

Held at the RKO Pantages Theatre on Wednesday, March 21, 1956,
honoring movies released in 1955.

Best Supporting Actor Jack Lemmon ("Mister Roberts"), Best Supporting Actress Jo Van Fleet ("East of Eden"), and Best Actor Ernest Borgnine ("Marty").

Best Supporting Actor Jack Lemmon ("Mister Roberts"), Best Supporting Actress Jo Van Fleet ("East of Eden"), and Best Actor Ernest Borgnine ("Marty").

Best Picture

Marty Full Image

"Marty"

Hecht and Lancaster's Steven Productions; United Artists.

Best Cinematography

James Wong Howe Full Image

James Wong Howe

Best Cinematography winner James Wong Howe ("The Rose Tattoo").

Best Documentary

Best Supporting Actress Eva Marie Saint ("On the Waterfront"). Full Image

Helen Keller

Helen Keller poses with Best Documentary award ("Helen Keller in Her Story").

The Year

  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Harold Hecht
  • Van Fleet
  • Best Picture: "Marty"
    • "Marty" also won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Ernest Borgnine), Directing (Delbert Mann), and Writing – Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky). (View Image)
  • James Dean was the first actor posthumously nominated for an Academy Award. He had died in a car accident on September 30, 1955, at the age of 24.
  • Italy's Anna Magnani won for Best Actress in "The Rose Tattoo." It was her first Hollywood-made film and first English-speaking role.
  • The show was telecast on NBC-TV, again as a bicoastal affair. Jerry Lewis was the host in Hollywood and Claudette Colbert and Joseph L. Mankiewicz hosted at New York's NBC Century Theatre. (View Image)
  • This show was Grace Kelly's last public appearance before heading to New York and then on to Monaco for her wedding to Prince Rainier. (View Image)
  • On March 7, 1955, "Peter Pan" became the first Broadway play to be televised in color. It was performed by the original cast, including Mary Martin as Peter Pan. Martin and the show both received Emmy Awards.
  • On April 18, 1955, Albert Einstein died in Princeton, New Jersey.
  • In July 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.
  • In August 1955, the first edition of The Guinness Book of World Records was published in Great Britain.
  • On October 3, 1955, Disney's "The Mickey Mouse Club" made its television debut on ABC.
  • In October 1955, the Brooklyn Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees and won their first World Series Championship.
  • On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama.

Honorary Foreign Language Film Award

To "Samurai, The Legend of Musashi."

See all Nominees and Winners

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