ⓘ 32nd Academy Awards


ⓘ 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.

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.


1. Awards

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

Academy Honorary Awards

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

2.1. Presenters and performers Presenters

  • Gary Cooper Presenter: Best Motion Picture
  • Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood Presenters: Best Sound Recording
  • Barbara Rush Presenter: Best Film Editing
  • Haya Harareet Presenter: Best Special Effects
  • Gene Kelly Presenter: Music Awards
  • Eric Johnston Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
  • John Wayne Presenter: Best Director
  • Doris Day Presenter: Best Original Song
  • Hope Lange and Carl Reiner Presenters: Short Subjects Awards
  • Edmond OBrien Presenters: Best Supporting Actress
  • Edward Curtiss Presenter: Cinematography Awards
  • Susan Hayward Presenter: Best Actor
  • Rock Hudson Presenter: Best Actress
  • Mitzi Gaynor Presenter: Documentary Awards
  • B. B. Kahane Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
  • Arlene Dahl and Fernando Lamas Presenters: Costume Design Awards
  • Richard Conte and Angie Dickinson Presenters: Art Direction Awards
  • Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh Presenters: Writing Awards
  • Olivia de Havilland Presenters: Best Supporting Actor

2.2. Presenters and performers Performers

  • Frankie Vaughan "The Best of Everything" from The Best of Everything
  • Gogi Grant "Strange Are the Ways of Love" from The Young Land
  • Sammy Davis Jr. "High Hopes" from A Hole in the Head
  • Joni James "The Five Pennies" from The Five Pennies
  • Frankie Laine "The Hanging Tree" from The Hanging Tree