The epic drama Ben-Hur won 11 Oscars, breaking the record of nine set the year before by Gigi. Ben-Hur remained the most honored motion picture in Academy Award history until Titanic equaled the feat in 1997, followed by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003.
Ben-Hur was the third film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, a feat not repeated until Mystic River in 2004. Director William Wyler became the third (and most recent) person to win more than two Best Director awards (following Frank Capra and John Ford), as well as the only person to direct three Best Picture winners.
|32nd Academy Awards|
|Date||April 4, 1960|
|Site||RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California|
|Hosted by||Bob Hope|
|Produced by||Arthur Freed|
|Directed by||Alan Handley|
|Most awards||Ben-Hur (11)|
|Most nominations||Ben-Hur (12)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||1 hour, 40 minutes|
Nominations announced on February 22, 1960. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface
|Best Motion Picture||Best Director|
|Best Actor||Best Actress|
|Best Supporting Actor||Best Supporting Actress|
|Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen||Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|
|Best Foreign Language Film||Best Documentary Feature|
|Best Documentary Short Subject||Best Live Action Short Subject|
|Best Short Subjects – Cartoons||Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture|
|Best Scoring of a Musical Picture||Best Song|
|Best Sound||Best Art Direction, Black-and-White|
|Best Art Direction, Color||Best Cinematography, Black-and-White|
|Best Cinematography, Color||Best Costume Design, Black-and-White|
|Best Costume Design, Color||Best Film Editing|
|Best Special Effects|
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
The year 1960 in animation involved some animation-related events.Adele Palmer
Adele Palmer (October 21, 1915 – July 1, 2008) was an American costume designer who worked on more than 300 films during her long career. She was nominated for one Oscar. This was for the film The Best of Everything, in the category of Best Costumes-Color during the 32nd Academy Awards.For Better, for Worse (1959 film)
For Better, for Worse (Chinese: 雨過天青; pinyin: Yu guo tian qing) is a 1959 Hong Kong drama film written and directed by Yueh Feng. The film was selected as the Hong Kong entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.High Hopes (Frank Sinatra song)
"High Hopes" is a popular song first popularized by Frank Sinatra, with music written by James Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. It was introduced by Sinatra and child actor Eddie Hodges in the 1959 film A Hole in the Head, nominated for a Grammy and won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 32nd Academy Awards.Joseph J. Lilley
Joseph J. Lilley (1913–1971) was an American composer.
He was nominated at the 32nd Academy Awards for Li'l Abner in Best Musical Score.Kozara (film)
Kozara is a 1962 Yugoslav film directed by Veljko Bulajić. It is a well known film of the partisan film subgenre popular in Yugoslavia in the 1960s and 1970s and depicts events surrounding the Battle of Kozara.
It won the Big Golden Arena for Best Film at the 1962 Pula Film Festival, the Yugoslav national film awards, was entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Golden Prize, and was selected as the Yugoslav entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.List of submissions to the 32nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
The following 13 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 32nd Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The highlighted titles were the five nominated films, which came from Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands and West Germany. The Oscar went to Black Orpheus, a Portuguese-language drama, filmed in Brazil by a French director. The film represented France.
The Netherlands, Pakistan and two Chinese-speaking British colonies- Hong Kong and Singapore- submitted films for the first time.Milo B. Lory
Milo B. Lory (November 12, 1903 – December 3, 1974) was an American sound editor who was perhaps best known for his work on Ben-Hur.Moonbird
Moonbird is a 1959 short animated film by John Hubley and Faith Hubley in which two boys have an adventure in the middle of the night as they sneak out and try to catch a 'Moonbird' and bring it home. The film was animated by Robert Cannon and Ed Smith. It won an Oscar for Best Short Subjects (Cartoons) at the 32nd Academy Awards, in 1960.Nazarín
Nazarín (Spanish pronunciation: [nasaˈɾin], [naθaˈɾin]) is a 1959 Mexican film directed by Luis Buñuel and co-written between Buñuel and Julio Alejandro, adapted from the eponymous novel of Benito Pérez Galdós. It won the international prize at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the Mexican entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards, but was not selected as a nominee.Although Nazarín is not one of Buñuel's most renowned films, it still holds a very high reputation. The acclaimed director Andrei Tarkovsky named it one of his 10 favorite films.Paw (film)
Paw (also known as Boy of Two Worlds) is a 1959 Danish film directed by Astrid Henning-Jensen.Robert MacDonald (special effects artist)
Robert MacDonald (July 16, 1912 – May 12, 1989) was an American special effects artist who won two Academy Awards.The Day Shall Dawn
The Day Shall Dawn (Urdu: جاگو ہوا سویرا, Jago Hua Savera) is a 1959 Pakistani drama film directed by A. J. Kardar. The film was selected as the Pakistani entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. It was also entered into the 1st Moscow International Film Festival where it won a Golden Medal.The Hanging Tree (Marty Robbins song)
The Hanging Tree is a western ballad from the 1959 movie The Hanging Tree, performed by Marty Robbins in the film's opening credits.
It was scored by Max Steiner and written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston who received nominations for the Laurel Awards and the Academy Awards in 1960. The text is a short reference to the film's story. The song was featured on the 1999 CD reissue of Robbins' album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs.Frankie Laine has covered this song, which was performed at the 32nd Academy Awards.
Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.The Kingdom and the Beauty
The Kingdom and the Beauty (Chinese: 江山美人; pinyin: Jiang shan mei ren) is a 1959 Hong Kong musical-drama film directed by Li Han-hsiang. The film was set in Imperial China, directed by a Hong Kong based-Mainland Chinese director and produced by the famed Hong Kong Shaw Brothers film studio. Although there was minimal Singaporean input in the film-making, the film was selected as the Singaporean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards, but was not nominated.The Nightingale's Prayer
The Nightingale's Prayer (Arabic: دعاء الكروان, translit. Doaa al-Karawan listen ) is a classical 1959 Egyptian drama film directed by Henry Barakat and based on a novel by the prominent writer Taha Hussein. It stars Faten Hamama and Ahmed Mazhar.
In 1996, during the Egyptian Cinema centennial, this film was selected one of the best 150 Egyptian film productions. It received an award of recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and was selected as the Egyptian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee. It was also entered into the 10th Berlin International Film Festival.The Village on the River
Village by the River (Dutch: Dorp aan de rivier) is a 1958 Dutch film directed by Fons Rademakers. The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards.Train Without a Timetable
Train Without a Timetable (Serbo-Croatian: Vlak bez voznog reda) is a 1959 Yugoslav film directed by Veljko Bulajić. It was entered into the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. The film was also selected as the Yugoslav entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 32nd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.William A. Horning
William Allen Horning (November 9, 1904 – March 2, 1959) was an American two-time Academy Award winner. He was married to Esther Montgomery until his death.
At the 31st Academy Awards ceremony for 1958, Horning received a posthumous Academy Award for Best Art Direction for that year's Best Picture winner, Gigi. The following year, he received two additional posthumous Oscar nominations, one for Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and another for the 1959 epic film Ben-Hur. At the 32nd Academy Awards ceremony, Horning won the Academy Award for Best Art Direction for Ben-Hur, that year's Best Picture winner. Like producer Sam Zimbalist, Horning was awarded his second Oscar posthumously, as both he and Zimbalist had died while the movie was still being filmed. To date, Horning is the only person ever to win posthumous Academy Awards in consecutive ceremonies.
|Awards of Merit|
‡ Dates and years listed for each ceremony were the eligibility period of film release in Los Angeles County. For the first five ceremonies, the eligibility period was done on a seasonal basis, from August to July. For the 6th ceremony, held in 1934, the eligibility period lasted from August 1, 1932 to December 31, 1933. Since the 7th ceremony held in 1935, the period of eligibility became the full previous calendar year from January 1 to December 31.