32nd Academy Awards (1959): The Ceremony

Nominations Announcement | Ceremony Details | Presenters | Song Performances | Production Staff | Sci-Tech Awards

Nominations Announcement

Nominations Announcement Date: Monday, February 22, 1960

Ceremony Details

Awards Ceremony Date/Time: Monday, April 4, 1960, 7:30pm
Location: RKO Pantages Theatre, Hollywood
Televised On: ABC
Host: Bob Hope
Length: 1 hours, 40 minutes

Presenters

Documentary Short Subject: Mitzi Gaynor
Documentary Feature: Mitzi Gaynor
Costume Design: Arlene Dahl, Fernando Lamas (NOTE: Both Black-and-White and Color awards presented together)
Special Effects: Haya Harareet
Supporting Actor: Olivia de Havilland
Sound Mixing: Natalie Wood, Robert Wagner
Animated Short Film: Carl Reiner, Hope Lange
Live Action Short Film: Carl Reiner, Hope Lange
Supporting Actress: Emond O’Brien
Foreign Language Film: Eric Johnston
Film Editing: Barbara Rush
Production Design: Angie Dickinson, Richard Conte (NOTE: Both Black-and-White and Color awards presented together)
Cinematography: Edward Curtiss (NOTE: Both Black-and-White and Color awards presented together)
Original Song: Doris Day
Music: Musical Score: Gene Kelly
Music: Drama or Comedy Score: Eva Marie Saint, Anthony Franciosa
Writing: Adapted Screenplay: Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis
Writing: Original Screenplay: Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award: Bob Hope: B.B. Kahane
Directing: John Wayne
Actor: Susan Hayward
Actress: Rock Hudson
Picture: Gary Cooper
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Scientific & Technical Awards: B.B. Kahane (NOTE: Presented at the Governors Ball)
Special Award: Lee DeForest, Buster Keaton: B.B. Kahane (NOTE: Presented at the Governors Ball)

Previous Acting & Directing Winners

The tradition of prior acting winners returning the subsequent year to present the opposite-gender category is a long one. Each year, we look to see whether the prior winners returned. There was an intermittent tradition where the prior directing winner returned as well, but this was a rare occurrence.

Actor – David Niven: No
Actress – Susan Hayward: Yes
Supporting Actor – Burl Ives: No
Supporting Actress – Wendy Hiller: No
Directing – Vincente Minnelli: No

Song Performances

The Best of Everything: Frankie Vaughan
The Five Pennies: Joni James
The Hanging Tree: Frankie Laine
High Hopes: Sammy Davis Jr.
Strange Are the Ways of Love: Gogi Grant

Original Song Film Performers

Was the song performed at the Oscars by the same individuals who performed it in the film?

The Best of Everything: No (Performed in the Film by: Johnny Mathis)
The Five Pennies: No (Performed in the Film by: Danny Kaye)
The Hanging Tree: no (Performed in the Film by: Marty Robbins)
High Hopes: No (Performed in the Film by: Frank Sinatra, Eddie Hodges)
Strange Are the Ways of Love: No (Performed in the Film by: Randy Sparks)

Ceremony Production Staff

Announcer: Frank Barton
Conductor / Musical Arranger: André Previn
Director: Alan Handley
Producer: Arthur Freed, Johnny Stearns

Scientific & Technical Awards

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