Karin: Hush, hush! The actor is tuning up his lute. The Grave Gentleman bids us dance. He wants us to take each other’s hands and form a chain. He himself will lead us, and the actor will bring up the rear. Away from the dawn we shall go with measured tread, away to the dark lands while the rain caresses our faces. (tr. Randolph Goodman and Leif Sjoberg)

My Top 10:

  1. The Seventh Seal
  2. Some Like It Hot
  3. The Diary of Anne Frank
  4. Anatomy of a Murder
  5. Ordet
  6. Compulsion
  7. Pather Panchali
  8. Sleeping Beauty
  9. Tiger Bay
  10. Aparajito

Note:  There are 16 films on my list.  Two of them are listed below, as they were Consensus nominees (Ben Hur – #11, Room at the Top – #14).  The other four are all the way down at the bottom. (more…)

"Your eyes are full of hate, 41. That's good. Hate keeps a man alive." (Ben-Hur)

The 31st Academy Awards, for the film year 1959.  The nominations were announced on February 22, 1960 and the awards were held on April 4, 1960.

Best Picture:  Ben-Hur

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

Most Surprising Omission:  Some Like It Hot

Best Film Not Nominated:  Wild Strawberries

Best U.S. Film Not Nominated:  Some Like It Hot

Rank (out of 82) Among Best Picture Years:  #59