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The Complete Oscar Quest: 32nd Academy Awards (1959)

1959

Best Picture

  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Ben-Hur
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The Nun’s Story
  • Room at the Top

Best Director

  • Jack Clayton, Room at the Top
  • George Stevens, The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot
  • William Wyler, Ben-Hur
  • Fred Zinnemann, The Nun’s Story

Best Actor

  • Laurence Harvey, Room at the Top
  • Charlton Heston, Ben-Hur
  • Jack Lemmon, Some Like It Hot
  • Paul Muni, The Last Angry Man
  • James Stewart, Anatomy of a Murder

Best Actress

  • Doris Day, Pillow Talk
  • Audrey Hepburn, The Nun’s Story
  • Katharine Hepburn, Suddenly, Last Summer
  • Simone Signoret, Room at the Top
  • Elizabeth Taylor, Suddenly, Last Summer

Best Supporting Actor

  • Hugh Griffith, Ben-Hur
  • Arthur O’Connell, Anatomy of a Murder
  • George C. Scott, Anatomy of a Murder
  • Robert Vaughn, The Young Philadelphians
  • Ed Wynn, The Diary of Anne Frank

Best Supporting Actress

  • Hermione Baddeley, Room at the Top
  • Susan Kohner, Imitation of Life
  • Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life
  • Thelma Ritter, Pillow Talk
  • Shelley Winters, The Diary of Anne Frank

Best Original Screenplay

  • The 400 Blows
  • North by Northwest
  • Operation Petticoat
  • Pillow Talk
  • Wild Strawberries

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Ben-Hur
  • The Nun’s Story
  • Room at the Top
  • Some Like It Hot

Best Editing

  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Ben-Hur
  • North by Northwest
  • On the Beach
  • The Nun’s Story

Best Cinematography, Black and White

  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Career
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • Some Like It Hot
  • The Young Philadelphians

Best Cinematography, Color

  • Ben-Hur
  • The Big Fisherman
  • The Five Pennies
  • The Nun’s Story
  • Porgy and Bess

Best Dramatic or Comedy Score

  • Ben-Hur
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The Nun’s Story
  • On the Beach
  • Pillow Talk

Best Musical Score

  • The Five Pennies
  • L’il Abner
  • Porgy and Bess
  • Say One for Me
  • Sleeping Beauty

Best Original Song

  • “The Best of Everything,” from The Best of Everything
  • “The Five Pennies,” from The Five Pennies
  • “The Hanging Tree,” from The Hanging Tree
  • “High Hopes,” from A Hole in the Head
  • “Strange Are the Ways of Love,” from The Young Land

Best Art Direction, Black and White

  • Career
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The Last Angry Man
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Suddenly, Last Summer

Best Art Direction, Color

  • Ben-Hur
  • The Big Fisherman
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • North by Northwest
  • Pillow Talk

Best Costume Design, Black and White

  • Career
  • The Diary of Anne Frank
  • The Gazebo
  • Some Like It Hot
  • The Young Philadelphians

Best Costume Design, Color

  • Ben-Hur
  • The Best of Everything
  • The Big Fisherman
  • The Five Pennies
  • Porgy and Bess

Best Special Effects

  • Ben-Hur
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth

Best Sound Recording

  • Ben-Hur
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Libel
  • The Nun’s Story
  • Porgy and Bess

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Black Orpheus
  • The Bridge
  • The Great War
  • Paw
  • The Village on the River

Best Documentary

  • The Race for Space
  • Serengeti Shall Not Die

Best Documentary Short

  • Donald in Mathmagic Land
  • From Generation to Generation
  • Glas

Best Live-Action Short

  • Between the Tides
  • The Golden Fish
  • Mysteries of the Deep
  • The Running, Jumping and Standing-Still Film
  • Skyscraper

Best Animated Short

  • Mexicali Shmoes
  • Moonbird
  • Noah’s Ark
  • The Violinist

Total List of Films Nominated:

  1. The 400 Blows
  2. Anatomy of a Murder
  3. Ben-Hur
  4. The Best of Everything
  5. The Big Fisherman
  6. Career
  7. The Diary of Anne Frank
  8. The Five Pennies
  9. The Gazebo
  10. The Hanging Tree
  11. A Hole in the Head
  12. Imitation of Life
  13. Journey to the Center of the Earth
  14. The Last Angry Man
  15. Libel
  16. L’il Abner
  17. North by Northwest
  18. The Nun’s Story
  19. On the Beach
  20. Operation Petticoat
  21. Pillow Talk
  22. Porgy and Bess
  23. Room at the Top
  24. Say One for Me
  25. Sleeping Beauty
  26. Some Like It Hot
  27. Suddenly, Last Summer
  28. Wild Strawberries
  29. The Young Land
  30. The Young Philadelphians

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