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

Top-grossing films (U.S.)

Rank Title Studio Gross
1. Ben-Hur MGM $36,992,000
2. Sleeping Beauty* Disney $21,998,000
3. North by Northwest MGM $12,703,000
4. Some Like It Hot United Artists $10,128,000
5. Pillow Talk Universal $9,670,000
6. Imitation of Life Universal $9.618,000
7. Suddenly, Last Summer Columbia $6,375,000
8. The Nun's Story Warner Bros. $5,750,000
9. Rio Bravo Warner Bros. $5,650,000
10. Anatomy of a Murder Columbia $5,500,000
11 The Diary of Anne Frank (1959 film) 20th century fox $5,014,000
11. On the Beach United Artists $4,803,000
12. Operation Petticoat Universal $3,950,000
13. The Best of Everything 20th century fox $3,500,000
14. Godzilla Raids Again Warner Bros $1,952,000

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards

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

Notable films released in 1959

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