|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|
The 32nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was held on April 4, 1960, and took place at the RKO Pantages Theatre to honor the best films of 1959.
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 2003. 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 (following Mrs. Miniver in 1942 and The Best Years of Our Lives in 1946).
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.