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‘Ben-Hur’ Best Film of the Year

April 5, 2010 |  7:55 am

April 5, 1960, Cover

April 5, 1960, Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton, who received an honorary award, poses as a waiter for a wary Walter Brennan, who probably expects Keaton to pull some prank.

April 5, 1960: Despite the sweltering heat, a crowd gathers in bleachers outside the Pantages Theatre  for the Academy Awards. Many celebrities detoured to the Brown Derby to be interviewed in a telecast hosted by Tony Randall and Betsy Palmer, The Times says. One of the highlights of the awards telecast was an appearance by Ella Fitzgerald singing George Gershwin songs.

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April 5, 1960, Academy Awards

April 5, 1960, Academy Awards

"Ben-Hur" wins the award for best picture; best actor (Charlton Heston); best male supporting actor (Hugh Griffith); best director (William Wyler); art direction—color (Art Direction: William A. Horning, Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Hugh Hunt); cinematography (Robert L. Surtees); costume design—color (Elizabeth Haffenden); film editing (Ralph E. Winters, John D. Dunning); music score of a dramatic or comedy picture (Miklos Rozsa); sound (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Franklin E. Milton, Sound Director) and special effects (Visual Effects by A. Arnold Gillespie, Robert MacDonald; Audible Effects by Milo Lory).

The only category in which it was nominated and failed to win was screenplay (Karl Tunberg).