Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1960
A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1960, Wilder's the Apartment gets top honors.
NOMINEES: The Alamo, The Apartment, Elmer Gantry, Sons and Lovers, The Sundowners
THE WINNERS: The Apartment (Mirisch-United Artists)
DIRECTOR: Billy Wilder
PLAYERS: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
NOMINEES: Trevor Howard (Sons and Lovers); Burt Lancaster (Elmer Gantry); Jack Lemmon (The Apartment); Laurence Olivier (The Entertainer); Spencer Tracy (Inherit the Wind)
THE WINNER: Burt Lancaster
NOMINEES: Greer Garson (Sunrise at Campobello); Deborah Kerr (The Sundowners); Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment); Melina Mercouri (Never on Sunday); Elizabeth Taylor (Butterfield 8)
THE WINNER: Elizabeth Taylor
Behind the Oscar
Some said Elizabeth Taylor got the Oscar out of sympathy rather than for Butterfield 8. The glamorous star, then married to Eddie Fisher, had almost died from a bout of pneumonia a short time before. ABC outbid NBC to televise this year's proceedings, and it was held at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, creating a hue and cry from the purists who lamented that Santa Monica was not Hollywood.
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