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Plot, Details & Awards

Gigi

(1958)
G In Theaters 06/26/1958 , 119min.
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Plot & Details

Leslie Caron plays Gigi, a young girl raised by two veteran Parisian courtesans (Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans) to be the mistress of wealthy young Gaston (Louis Jourdan). When Gaston falls in love with Gigi and asks her to be his wife, Jeans is appalled: never has anyone in their family ever stooped to anything so bourgeois as marriage! Weaving in and out of the story is Maurice Chevalier as an aging boulevardier who, years earlier, had been in love with Gingold's character. Chevalier gets most of the best Lerner & Loewe tunes, including Thank Heaven for Little Girls, I'm Glad I'm Not Young Any More, and his matchless duet with Gingold, I Remember it Well. Caron's best number (dubbed by Betty Wand) is The Night They Invented Champagne while Jourdan gets the honor of introducing the title song. Filmed on location in Paris, Gigi won several Oscars, including Best Picture; it also represented the successful American movie comeback of Chevalier, who thanks to this film was "forgiven" for his reputed collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction William Horning Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Frederick Loewe Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Musical Score Andre Previn Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Vincente Minnelli Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Preston Ames Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Cecil Beaton Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Henry W. Grace Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Arthur Freed Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Alan Jay Lerner Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Alan Jay Lerner Won
1958 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Adrienne Fazan Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1959 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Vincente Minnelli Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1958 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Vincente Minnelli Won
1958 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Maurice Chevalier Nominated
1958 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Hermione Gingold Won
1958 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical Won
1958 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Louis Jordan Nominated
1958 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Leslie Caron Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1959 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Vincente Minnelli Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1958 Directors Guild of America Best Director Vincente Minnelli Won

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1958 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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