1959 in film

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The year 1959 in film involved some significant events, with Ben-Hur winning a record 11 Academy Awards.

Events[edit]

Top grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

# Film Studio Actors Gross
1. Ben-Hur MGM Charlton Heston, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet, Hugh Griffith, Jack Hawkins $36.992 m
2. Sleeping Beauty* Disney Mary Costa, Eleanor Audley, Bill Shirley, Verna Felton $21.998 m
3. North by Northwest MGM Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason $12.703 m
4. Some Like It Hot United Artists Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon $10.128 m
5. Pillow Talk Universal Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Tony Randall $9.670 m
6. Imitation of Life Universal Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee $9.618 m
7. Suddenly, Last Summer Columbia Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Katharine Hepburn $6.375 m
8. The Nun's Story Warner Bros. Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch $5.750 m
9. Rio Bravo Warner Bros. John Wayne, Dean Martin, Angie Dickinson $5.650 m
10. Anatomy of a Murder Columbia James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara $5.500 m
11. On the Beach United Artists Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire $4.803 m
12. Operation Petticoat Universal Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill $3.950 m

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards[edit]

Category/Organization 17th Golden Globe Awards
March 10, 1960
12th BAFTA Awards
March 26, 1960
32nd Academy Awards
April 4, 1960
Musical or Comedy Drama
Best Film Some Like It Hot Ben-Hur Room at the Top Ben-Hur
Best Director William Wyler
Ben-Hur
- William Wyler
Ben-Hur
Best Actor Jack Lemmon
Some Like It Hot
Anthony Franciosa
Career
Sidney Poitier
The Defiant Ones
Charlton Heston
Ben-Hur
Best Actress Marilyn Monroe
Some Like It Hot
Elizabeth Taylor
Suddenly, Last Summer
Simone Signoret
Room at the Top
Simone Signoret
Room at the Top
Best Supporting Actor Stephen Boyd
Ben-Hur
- Hugh Griffith
Ben-Hur
Best Supporting Actress Susan Kohner
Imitation of Life
- Shelley Winters
The Diary of Anne Frank
Best Screenplay, Adapted Room at the Top
Neil Paterson
Orders to Kill
Paul Dehn
Room at the Top
Neil Paterson
Best Screenplay, Original Pillow Talk
Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene, Stanley Shapiro, and Maurice Richlin

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), directed by Marcel Camus, France

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Il Generale della Rovere (General della Rovere), directed by Roberto Rossellini, Italy / France
La grande guerra (The Great War), directed by Mario Monicelli, Italy / France

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Les Cousins (The Cousins), directed by Claude Chabrol, France

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