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1959 (32nd Annual Awards)
Academy Award Overview

Shown below is an overview of the 1959 Academy Awards, comprised of selected items from the WebMaster’s collection. (All of the items for a given category—for example, all Reminder Lists—can be found in the “Gallery” section.)

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The 1959 Preliminaries

1959 (32nd) Reminder List of Eligible Releases

1959 (32nd) Voting Rules
Eligibility Period:
January 1, 1959 to December 31, 1959

Reminder List of Eligible Releases

Text of Voting Rules

The 1959 Ceremony

1959 (32nd) Academy Award Ceremony Program Monday, April 4, 1960
7:30 PM

RKO Pantages Theatre,

Ceremony Program

Nominations & Winners
Winners Only
Nominations by Film
Nomination Statistics by Film

See Also:
    Nominations & Winners by Category
    Winners Only by Category

The 1959 Winners

1959 (32nd) Best Picture Poster: “Ben-Hur”

1959 (32nd) Best Picture Home Page Background: “Ben-Hur”

Best Picture:

Sam Zimbalist, Producer

Best Picture Poster

Best Picture Home Page Background

1959 (32nd) Best Actor: Charlton Heston   1959 (32nd) Best Actor Volpe Sketch: Charlton Heston Best Actor:
Charlton Heston
as Judah Ben-Hur
in the film

1959 (32nd) Best Actress: Simone Signoret   1959 (32nd) Best Actress Volpe Sketch: Simone Signoret Best Actress:
Simone Signoret
as Alice Aisgill
in the film
Room at the Top

1959 (24th) Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Griffith Best Supporting Actor:
Hugh Griffith
as Sheik Ilderim
in the film

1959 (24th) Best Supporting Actress: Shelley Winters Best Supporting Actress:
Shelley Winters
as Mrs. Van Daan
in the film
The Diary of Anne Frank

1959 (26th) Best Song: “High Hopes” Best Song:
High Hopes
from the film
A Hole in the Head

Music by James Van Heusen;
lyrics by Sammy Cahn

Best Song Lyrics

Other 1959 Nominees

1959 (32nd) Best Actor/Best Actress Nominees

Best Actor/Best Actress Nominees