32nd Academy Awards

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.

32nd Academy Awards
DateApril 4, 1960
SiteRKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, 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
Duration1 hour, 40 minutes

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.


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
Maurice Richlin; Best Original Screenplay co-winner
Jacques Cousteau; Best Live Action Short Film winner
André Previn; Best Scoring of a Musical Picture co-winner
Jimmy Van Heusen; Best Song co-winner
Sammy Cahn; Best Song co-winner

Nominations announced on February 22, 1960. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[1]

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 AwardsEdit

  • Buster Keaton "for his unique talents which brought immortal comedies to the screen". (Statuette)
  • Lee De Forest "for his pioneering inventions which brought sound to the motion picture". (Statuette)

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardEdit

Presenters and performersEdit



Multiple nominations and awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The 32nd Academy Awards (1960) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-21.