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The year 1959 in film involved some significant events.

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Events

Top grossing films (U.S.)

# Film Studio Actors Gross
1. Ben-Hur MGM Charlton Heston $36.992 m
2. Sleeping Beauty* Disney $21.998 m
3. North by Northwest MGM Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint $12.703 m
4. Some Like it Hot United Artists Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon $10.128 m
5. Pillow Talk Universal Doris Day and Rock Hudson $9.670 m
6. Imitation of Life Universal Lana Turner and John Gavin $9.618 m
7. Suddenly, Last Summer Columbia Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Katharine Hepburn $6.375 m
8. The Nun's Story Warner Bros. Audrey Hepburn $5.750 m
9. Rio Bravo Warner Bros. John Wayne, Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson $5.650 m
10. Anatomy of a Murder Columbia James Stewart $5.500 m
11. On the Beach United Artists Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner $4.803 m
12. Operation Petticoat Universal Cary Grant and Tony Curtis $3.950 m

(*) After theatrical re-issue(s)

Awards

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: Ben-Hur - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Best Director: William Wyler - Ben-Hur
Best Actor: Charlton Heston - Ben-Hur
Best Actress: Simone Signoret - Room at the Top
Best Supporting Actor: Hugh Griffith - Ben-Hur
Best Supporting Actress: Shelley Winters - The Diary of Anne Frank
Best Foreign Language Film: Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro), directed by Marcel Camus, Brazil / France / Italy

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: Ben-Hur
Best Actor: Anthony Franciosa - Career
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor - Suddenly, Last Summer
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture (tie): Some Like It Hot
Best Picture (tie): Porgy and Bess
Best Actor: Jack Lemmon - Some Like It Hot
Best Actress: Marilyn Monroe - Some Like It Hot
Other
Best Director: William Wyler - Ben-Hur

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 Rosselini, 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

Films released in 1959

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