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Oscars 1960: Winners and Nominees of the 32nd Academy Awards

Public list by WPS with 49 movies or TV shows/series

These movies have won or been nominated for the Oscars 1960 on 04/04/1960.

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). ()

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Sleeping Beauty(1959)

3.5/5 (with 1,990 votes)

A beautiful princess born in a faraway kingdom is destined by a terrible curse to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love's first kiss. Determined to protect her, her parents ask three fairies to raise her in hiding. But the evil Maleficent is just as determined to seal the princess's fate.

Ben-Hur(1959)

3h 42min | Action, Drama, History
3.9/5 (with 917 votes)

In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. Three years later and freed by a grateful Roman galley commander whom he has rescued from drowning, he becomes an expert charioteer for Rome, all the while plotting to return to Judea, find and rescue his family, and avenge himself on his former friend. All the while, the form and work of Jesus move in the background of his life...

North by Northwest(1959)

NR
| 2h 16min | Mystery, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 1,436 votes)

Advertising man Roger Thornhill is mistaken for a spy, triggering a deadly cross-country chase.

The Diary of Anne Frank(1959)

NR
| 3h | Drama, History
3.6/5 (with 115 votes)

The true, harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Some Like It Hot(1959)

NR
| 2h 2min | Comedy, Music, Romance / Love, Crime
4.1/5 (with 1,200 votes)

Two musicians witness a mob hit and struggle to find a way out of the city before they are found by the gangsters. Their only opportunity is to join an all-girl band as they leave on a tour. To make their getaway they must first disguise themselves as women, then keep their identities secret and deal with the problems this brings - such as an attractive bandmate and a very determined suitor.

The 400 Blows(1959)

NR
| 1h 39min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 705 votes)

For young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel, life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents, Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene, trying to plan for a better life. When one of their schemes goes awry, Antoine ends up in trouble with the law, leading to even more conflicts with unsympathetic authority figures.

Wild Strawberries(1957)

1h 31min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 540 votes)

Crotchety retired doctor Isak Borg travels from Stockholm to Lund, Sweden, with his pregnant and unhappy daughter-in-law, Marianne, in order to receive an honorary degree from his alma mater. Along the way, they encounter a series of hitchhikers, each of whom causes the elderly doctor to muse upon the pleasures and failures of his own life. These include the vivacious young Sara, a dead ringer for the doctor's own first love.

Anatomy of a Murder(1959)

NR
| 2h 41min | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
4.0/5 (with 287 votes)

Semi-retired Michigan lawyer Paul Biegler takes the case of Army Lt. Manion, who murdered a local innkeeper after his wife claimed that he raped her. Over the course of an extensive trial, Biegler parries with District Attorney Lodwick and out-of-town prosecutor Claude Dancer to set his client free, but his case rests on the victim's mysterious business partner, who's hiding a dark secret.

Journey to the Center of the Earth(1959)

3.5/5 (with 145 votes)

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

The Nun's Story(1959)

NR
| 2h 29min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 52 votes)

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

On the Beach(1959)

3.3/5 (with 62 votes)

In 1964, atomic war wipes out humanity in the northern hemisphere; one American submarine finds temporary safe haven in Australia, where life-as-usual covers growing despair. In denial about the loss of his wife and children in the holocaust, American Captain Towers meets careworn but gorgeous Moira Davidson, who begins to fall for him. The sub returns after reconnaissance a month (or less) before the end; will Towers and Moira find comfort with each other?

Pillow Talk(1959)

NR
| 1h 42min | Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 80 votes)

A man and woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but then he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised.

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Operation Petticoat(1959)

PG
| 2h 4min | Action, Comedy, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 110 votes)

A World War II submarine commander finds himself stuck with a damaged sub, a con-man executive officer, and a group of army nurses.

Suddenly, Last Summer(1959)

NR
| 1h 54min | Thriller, Drama, Mystery
3.7/5 (with 77 votes)

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Black Orpheus(1959)

PG
| 1h 40min | Drama, Fantasy, Music, Romance / Love
3.6/5 (with 61 votes)

Young lovers Orfeu and Eurydice run through the favelas of Rio during Carnaval, on the lam from a hitman dressed like Death and Orfeu's vengeful fiancée Mira and passing between moments of fantasy and stark reality. This impressionistic retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice introduced bossa nova to the world with its soundtrack by young Brazilian composers Luiz Bonfá and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Imitation of Life(1959)

NR
| 2h 5min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.7/5 (with 82 votes)

Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of motherhood: Lora's thirst for fame threatens her relationship with Susie, while Annie's light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane, struggles with her African-American identity.

The Great War(1959)

2h 17min | Drama, Comedy, War
4.1/5 (with 124 votes)

Italy, 1916. Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca are called, as all the Italian youths, to serve the army in the WWI. They both try in every way to avoid serving the army.

Donald in Mathmagic Land(1959)

3.6/5 (with 37 votes)

Disney used animation here to explain through this wonderful adventure of Donald how mathmatics can be usuful in our real life. Through this journey Donald shows us how mathmatics are not just numbers and charts, but magical living things.

The Bridge(1959)

1h 43min | Drama, History, War
3.7/5 (with 48 votes)

A group of German boys are ordered to protect a small bridge in their home village during the waning months of the second world war. Truckloads of defeated, cynical Wehrmacht soldiers flee the approaching American troops, but the boys, full of enthusiasm for the "blood and honor" Nazi ideology, stay to defend the useless bridge.

Room at the Top(1959)

NR
| 1h 55min | Drama, Romance / Love
3.5/5 (with 36 votes)

An ambitious young accountant schemes to wed a wealthy factory owner's daughter, despite falling in love with a married older woman.

The Hanging Tree(1959)

NR
| 1h 47min | Western
3.4/5 (with 29 votes)

Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realising that he can exploit his secret.

Porgy and Bess(1959)

3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Set in the early 1900s in the fictional Catfish Row section of Charleston, South Carolina, which serves as home to a black fishing community, the story focuses on the titular characters, crippled beggar Porgy, who travels about in a goat-drawn cart, and the drug-addicted Bess, who lives with stevedore Crown, the local bully.

The Young Philadelphians(1959)

2h 16min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 16 votes)

Up and coming young lawyer Anthony Lawrence faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder. His personal and professional skills are tested as he tries to balance the needs of his fiance Joan, the expectations of his colleagues and his own obligation to defend his friend Chester on a murder count.

The Last Angry Man(1959)

1h 40min | Drama
3.5/5 (with 5 votes)

As the fiercely dedicated general practitioner who tries to help the sick, the poor and the unfortunate in his decrepit neighborhood, Paul Muni is the testy old man who faces life without compromise and David Wayne is the troubled television producer fighting to preserve his career.

Mexicali Shmoes(1959)

3.4/5 (with 4 votes)

A pair of not-too-bright Mexican cats, one shorter-tempered than the other, decide to chase Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico. And when their schemes - involving use of guitars, a fishing rod, dynamite, and land mines - all backfire, they decide to try catching Slowpoke Rodriguez, Mexico's slowest mouse. But the short-tempered cat learns too late that Slowpoke packs a gun.

Directed by Friz Freleng

A Hole in the Head(1959)

3.0/5 (with 13 votes)

An impractical widower tries to hang onto his Miami hotel and his 12-year-old son.

The Five Pennies(1959)

1h 57min | Drama, Music
3.7/5 (with 9 votes)

Dixieland cornetist Red Nichols runs into opposition to his sound, but breaks through to success. He marries a warm, patient woman and even finds time to raise a family. Then tragedy strikes when their daughter contracts polio.

Glass(1958)

10min | Documentary
3.9/5 (with 10 votes)

This short ‘free’ film, shot in the glass factories of Leerdam and Schiedam, demonstrates how glass blowers do their work. But thanks to the superbly edited ballet of working hands and the sequence of mechanical motions of the engines, is it especially a cinematic tour de force. That the industry can’t do without man’s involvement is shown in the scene where we hear the voice of Haanstra himself counting the bottles on the conveyor belt, until one bottle breaks….

Directed by Bert Haanstra

Noah's Ark(1959)

G
| 20min | Animation
2.1/5 (with 2 votes)

The Biblical story of Noah's ark full of animals gets the Disney treatment in this animated short.

Directed by Bill Justice

Libel(1959)

1h 40min | Drama, Mystery
3.8/5 (with 5 votes)

A California commercial pilot sees a telecast in London of an interview with Sir Mark Lodden at his home. The Canadian is convinced that the baronet is a fraud, and he is actually a look-alike actor named Frank Welney.

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