32nd Academy Awards
DateApril 4, 1960
SiteRKO Pantages Theatre, (Hollywood, California)
Hosted byBob Hope
Produced byArthur Freed
Directed byAlan Handley
Best PictureBen-Hur
Most awardsBen-Hur (11)
Most nominationsBen-Hur (12)
TV in the United States

The 32nd Academy Awards ceremony was held on April 4, 1960, at the RKO Pantages Theatre, to honor the films of 1959.

William Wyler's Bible epic Ben-Hur won 11 Oscars, breaking the record of nine set the previous year by Gigi. This total was later tied by Titanic in 1997 and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in 2003. 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 date to direct three Best Picture winners (following Mrs. Miniver in 1942 and The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946).

Most of the stars were absent as a result of an incident involving Jerry Lewis' staging of the closing number at the previous year's Oscars[1] and of a four-week actors' strike.[1] The studios had their final pullout of support for the Academy during the year, in a sentiment echoed by Paramount Pictures, which remarked, "why should Paramount sponsor a show that sponsors only MGM's Ben-Hur?"[1]

A highlight of the ceremony came during the presentation of the award for Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen: absent winner Stanley Shapiro (for Pillow Talk) had his co-winner, Maurice Richlin, ask presenter Tony Curtis to read his acceptance speech, which read, "I'm trapped downstairs in the gentleman's lounge. It seems I rented a faulty tuxedo. I'd like to thank you upstairs for this great honor." The audience roared in laughter.[2]


William Wyler, Best Director winner
Charlton Heston, Best Actor winner
Simone Signoret, Best Actress winner
Hugh Griffith, Best Supporting Actor winner
Shelley Winters, Best Supporting Actress winner
Stanley Shapiro, Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen co-winner
Maurice Richlin, Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen co-winner
Jacques Cousteau, Best Live Action Short Film winner
Miklós Rózsa, Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture winner
André Previn, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture co-winner
Ken Darby, Best Scoring of a Musical Picture co-winner
Jimmy Van Heusen, Best Song co-winner
Sammy Cahn, Best Song co-winner
Edward Carfagno, Best Art Direction, Color co-winner
Ralph E. Winters, Best Film Editing co-winner

Nominations announced on February 22, 1960. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface.[3]

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

Academy Honorary Awards

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Presenters and performers

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Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ a b c Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 841. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  2. ^ "Room at the Top and Pillow Talk Win Writing Awards: 1960 Oscars". YouTube.
  3. ^ "The 32nd Academy Awards (1960) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2011.