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32nd Academy Awards

32nd Academy Awards
Date April 4, 1960
Site RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California
Host Bob Hope
Producer Arthur Freed
Director 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
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The 32nd Academy Awards honored film achievements of 1959 on 4 April 1960.

MGM's (producer Sam Zimbalist) and director William Wyler's three-and-a-half-hour-long epic drama Ben-Hur (with a spectacular sea battle and eleven-minute chariot race choreographed by Yakima Canutt) won 11 Oscars in 1959, breaking the previous year's all-time record of nine (Gigi (1958)). With its record-breaking eleven Oscar wins out of twelve nominations, it was the most honored motion picture in Academy Award history until Titanic and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King both equaled the feat in 1997 and 2003, respectively.

Ben-Hur was a re-make of MGM's own 1926 silent film of the same name, and it was the most expensive film of its time, budgeted at $15 million. Both films were based on or inspired by General Lew Wallace's novel (first published in 1880) about the rise of Christianity.

Ben-Hur was also the third film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, a feat not repeated until Mystic River in 2004. Wyler became the third and, to date, last person to win more than two Best Director awards (following Frank Capra and John Ford), as well as the first (and, to date, 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

  • 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 Award



Multiple nominations and awards

See also


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