32nd Academy Awards

32nd Academy Awards
Date April 4, 1960
Site RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California
Hosted by Bob Hope
Produced by Arthur Freed
Directed by Alan Handley
Best Picture Ben-Hur
Most awards Ben-Hur (11)
Most nominations Ben-Hur (12)
TV in the United States
Network NBC
Duration 1 hour, 40 minutes

The 32nd Academy Awards honored film achievements of 1959 on 4 April 1960.

The epic drama Ben-Hur won 11 Oscars and broke the all-time 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. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King equalled the feat again 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. The 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.


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 Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Dramatic or Comedy Score Best Musical Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Recording
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



Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 12 nominations: Ben-Hur
  • 8 nominations: The Diary of Anne Frank, The Nun's Story
  • 7 nominations: Anatomy of a Murder
  • 6 nominations: Room at the Top, Some Like it Hot
  • 5 nominations: Pillow Talk
  • 4 nominations: The Five Pennies, Porgy and Bess
  • 3 nominations: The Big Fisherman, Career, Journey to the Center of the Earth, North by Northwest, Suddenly, Last Summer, The Young Philadelphians
  • 2 nominations: The Best of Everything, Imitation of Life, The Last Angry Man, On the Beach

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 11 wins: Ben-Hur
  • 3 wins: The Diary of Anne Frank
  • 2 wins: Room at the Top

See also


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