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20072006200520042003200220012000
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199419931992, 1991199019891988198719861985198419831982
198119801975-791970-19741965-691960-64, 1955-59..., 1950-54,
1940-491930-1939
1920-29 + Superlatives Index

1955-59 — Years in Review
The Fritz Golden Superlatives


1959

  1. Anatomy of a Murder (dir: Otto Preminger)
  2. The 400 Blows (dir: François Truffaut)
  3. The Human Condition: No Greater Love (dir: Masaki Kobayashi)
  4. North by Northwest (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)
  5. Some Like It Hot (dir: Billy Wilder)
  6. Nazarin (dir: Luis Buñuel)
  7. Black Orpheus (dir: Marcel Camus)
  8. Imitation of Life (dir: Douglas Sirk)
  9. Day of the Outlaw (dir: Andre de Toth)
  10. Room at the Top (dir: Jack Clayton)
James Stewart tries to figure out Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder

James Stewart tries to figure out Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder

Best Picture: Anatomy of a Murder
Director: Otto Preminger Producer: Otto Preminger
US Distributor: Columbia Pictures

(left to right) Francois Truffaut in 1959, Jean-Pierre Léaud in The 400 Blows, Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, George C. Scott in Anatomy of a Murder and Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life

(left to right) Francois Truffaut in 1959, Jean-Pierre Léaud in The 400 Blows, Marilyn Monroe in Some Like it Hot, George C. Scott in Anatomy of a Murder and Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life

Best Director: François TruffautThe 400 Blows
Second Place: Otto Preminger, Anatomy of a Murder
Third Place: Masaki Kobayashi, The Human Condition: No Greater Love

Best Actor: Jean-Pierre Léaud, The 400 Blows
Second Place: Laurence Harvey, Room at the Top
Third Place: James Stewart, Anatomy of a Murder

Best Actress: Marilyn Monroe, Some Like it Hot
Second Place: Lana Turner, Imitation of Life
Third Place: Doris Day, Pillow Talk

Best Supporting Actor: George C. Scott, Anatomy of a Murder
Second Place: Joe E. Brown, Some Like It Hot
Third Place: Burl Ives, Day of the Outlaw

Best Supporting Actress: Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life
Second Place: Eva Marie Saint, North by Northwest
Third Place: Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life

(left to right): North by Northwest, Some Like it Hot, The Human Condition, Beat Girl (dir: Edmond Greville)

(left to right): North by Northwest, Some Like it Hot, The Human Condition, Beat Girl (dir: Edmond Greville)

Best Original Screenplay: Ernest Lehman, North by Northwest
Second Place: John Cassavetes, Shadows
Third Place: Francois Truffaut and Marcel Moussy, The 400 Blows

Best Adapted Screenplay: Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, Some Like It Hot
Second Place: Philip Yordan, Day of the Outlaw
Third Place: Wendell Mayes, Anatomy of a Murder

Best Cinematography: Yoshio Miyajima, The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
Second Place: Jean Bourgin, Black Orpheus
Third Place: Joseph C. Brun, Odds Against Tomorrow

Best Film Editing: George Tomasini, North by Northwest
Second Place: Arthur P. Schmidt, Some Like It Hot
Third Place: Marie-Josephe Yoyotte, The 400 Blows

Best Original Score: John Barry, Beat Girl
Second Place: Bernard Herrmann, North by Northwest
Third Place: Duke Ellington, Anatomy of a Murder

Best Production Design: Robert Boyle, North by Northwest
Second Place: Vittorio Valentini  and Hugh Hunt, Ben-Hur
Third Place: Pierre Guffroy, Black Orpheus

Best Costume Design: Orry-Kelly, Some Like it Hot
Second Place: Elizabeth Haffenden, Ben-Hur
Third Place: Irene Sharaff, Porgy and Bess

Best Ensemble Cast: Anatomy of a Murder (dir: Otto Preminger; in alphabetical order): Eve Arden, Orson Bean, Ben Gazzara, Kathryn Grant, Murray Hamilton, Arthur O'Connell, Lee Remick, George C. Scott and James Stewart

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award: Francois Truffaut, The 400 Blows


1958

  1. Vertigo (dir: Alfred Hitchcock)
  2. Bonjour Tristesse (dir: Otto Preminger)
  3. Touch of Evil (dir: Orson Welles)
  4. Mon Oncle (dir: Jacques Tati)
  5. Wild Strawberries (dir: Ingmar Bergman; US Release Date)
  6. Elevator to the Gallows (dir: Louis Malle)
  7. Ashes and Diamonds (dir: Andrzej Wajda)
  8. Some Came Running (dir: Vincente Minnelli)
  9. The Seventh Seal (dir: Ingmar Bergman; US Release Date)
  10. Man of the West (dir: Anthony Mann)
Barbara Bel Geddes and James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo

Barbara Bel Geddes and James Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo

Best Picture: Vertigo
Director: Alfred Hitchcock Producer: Alfred Hitchcock
US Distributor: Paramount Pictures

(left to right) Alfred Hitchcock on the Vertigo set; James Stewart in Vertigo, Jean Seberg in Bonjour Tristesse, Joseph Calleia in Touch of Evil and Deborah Kerr in Bonjour Tristesse

(left to right) Alfred Hitchcock on the Vertigo set; James Stewart in Vertigo, Jean Seberg in Bonjour Tristesse, Joseph Calleia in Touch of Evil and Deborah Kerr in Bonjour Tristesse

Best Director: Alfred Hitchcock, Vertigo
Second Place: Ingmar Bergman, Wild Strawberries
Third Place: Orson Welles, Touch of Evil

Best Actor: James Stewart, Vertigo
Second Place: Zbiginiew Cybulski, Ashes and Diamonds
Third Place: Alec Guinness, The Horse's Mouth

Best Actress: Jean Seberg, Bonjour Tristesse
Second Place: Jeanne Moreau, Elevator to the Gallows
Third Place: Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Best Supporting Actor: Joseph Calleia, Touch of Evil
Second Place: Arthur Kennedy, Some Came Running
Third Place: Dennis Weaver, Touch of Evil

Best Supporting Actress: Deborah Kerr, Bonjour Tristesse
Second Place: Shirley MacLaine, Some Came Running
Third Place: Marlene Dietrich, Touch of Evil

(left to right): Wild Strawberries, Touch of Evil, Vertigo, Gigi (dir: Vincente Minnelli)

(left to right): Wild Strawberries, Touch of Evil, Vertigo, Gigi (dir: Vincente Minnelli)

Best Original Screenplay: Ingmar Bergman, Wild Strawberries
Second Place: Jacques Tati, Jacques Lagrange and Jean L'Hote, Mon Oncle
Third Place: Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal

Best Adapted Screenplay: Orson Welles, Touch of Evil
Second Place: Andrzej Wajda and Jerzy Andrzekewski, Ashes and Diamonds
Third Place: Arthur Laurents, Bonjour Tristese

Best Cinematography: Russell Metty, Touch of Evil
Second Place: Robert Burks, Vertigo
Third Place: Gunnar Fischer, Wild Strawberries

Best Film Editing: George Tomasini, Vertigo
Second Place: Akira Kurosawa, The Hidden Fortress
Third Place: Halina Nawrocka, Ashes and Diamonds

Best Original Score: Bernard Herrmann, Vertigo
Second Place: Henry Mancini, Touch of Evil
Third Place: Georges Auric, Bonjour Tristesse

Best Production Design: Robert Clatworthy and Alexander Golitzen, Touch of Evil
Second Place: Henri Schmitt, Mon Oncle
Third Place: Cecil Beaton, Keogh Gleason, Henry Grace, William Horning, Preston Ames, Gigi

Best Costume Design: Cecil Beaton, Gigi
Second Place: Walter Plunkett, Some Came Running
Third Place: Jean Louis, Bell, Book and Candle

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Best Ensemble Cast: Some Came Running (dir: Vincente Minnelli; in alphabetical order) Leora Dana, Larry Gates, Nancy Gates, Martha Hyer, Betty Lou Keim, Arthur Kennedy, Shirley MacLaine, Dean Matin, Steve Peck, Carmen Phillips and Frank Sinatra

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award: Louis Malle, Elevator to the Gallows


1957

 

  1. Throne of Blood (dir: Akira Kurosawa; International/UK Release Date) 
  2. Nights of Cabiria (dir: Federico Fellini)
  3. Sweet Smell of Success (dir: Alexander Mackendrick)
  4. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (dir: Frank Taschlin) 
  5. Paths of Glory (dir: Stanley Kubrick)
  6. A Man Escaped (dir: Robert Bresson; US Release Date)
  7. The Bridge on the River Kwai (dir: David Lean)
  8. Curse of the Demon (dir: Jacques Tourneur)
  9. 12 Angry Men (dir: Sidney Lumet)
  10. Funny Face (dir: Stanley Donen)
Toshiro Mifune in Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood

Toshiro Mifune in Akira Kurosawa's Throne of Blood

Best Picture: Throne of Blood
Director: Akira Kurosawa Producers: Akira Kurosawa, Sojiro Motoki
US Distributor: Brandon Films

(left to right) Federico Fellini; Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success, Giulietta Masina in Nights of Cabiria, Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success and Betsy Drake in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

(left to right) Federico Fellini; Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success, Giulietta Masina in Nights of Cabiria, Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success and Betsy Drake in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Best Director: Federico Fellini, The Nights of Cabiria
Second Place: Akira Kurosawa, Throne of Blood
Third Place: Frank Tashlin, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Best Actor: Tony Curtis, Sweet Smell of Success
Second Place: Toshiro Mifune, Throne of Blood
Third Place: Alec Guinness, The Bridge on the River Kwai

Best Actress: Giulietta Masina, The Nights of Cabiria
Second Place: Audrey Hepburn, Funny Face
Third Place: Patricia Neal, A Face in the Crowd

Best Supporting Actor: Burt Lancaster, Sweet Smell of Success
Second Place: George Macready, Paths of Glory
Third Place: Lee J. Cobb, 12 Angry Men

Best Supporting Actress: Betsy Drake, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
Second Place: Kay Thompson, Funny Face
Third Place: Elsa Lancaster, A Face in the Crowd

(left to right) Throne of Blood, A Man Escaped, Sweet Smell of Success, Paths of Glory, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Funny Face

(left to right) Throne of Blood, A Man Escaped, Sweet Smell of Success, Paths of Glory, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Funny Face

Best Original Screenplay: Hideo Oguni, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryûzô Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa, Throne of Blood
Second Place: Budd Schulberg, A Face in the Crowd
Third Place: Jerzy Stefan Stawinski, Kanal

Best Adapted Screenplay: Robert Bresson, A Man Escaped
Second Place: Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, Sweet Smell of Success
Third Place: Federico Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano, Nights of Cabiria

Best Cinematography: James Wong Howe, Sweet Smell of Success
Second Place: Ray June, Funny Face
Third Place: Joe MacDonald, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?

Best Film Editing: Eva Kroll, Paths of Glory
Second Place: Peter Taylor, The Bridge on the River Kwai
Third Place: Carl Lerner, 12 Angry Men

Best Original Score: Malcolm Arnold, The Bridge on the River Kwai
Second Place: Nino Rota, The Nights of Cabiria
Third Place: Elmer Bernstein, Sweet Smell of Success

Best Production Design: Hal Pereira, George W. Davis, Sam Comer, Ray Moyer, Funny Face
Second Place: Yoshiro Muraki, Throne of Blood
Third Place: Alexandre Trauner and Oliver Emert, Love in the Afternoon

Best Costume Design: Taiki Mori, Throne of Blood
Second Place: Edith Head, Funny Face
Third Place: Orry-Kelly, Les Girls

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Best Ensemble Cast: The Bridge on the River Kwai (dir: David Lean; in alphabetical order): John Boxer, James Donald, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, William Holden, Jeffrey Horne, Andre Morrell and Peter Williams

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award: Sidney Lumet, 12 Angry Men


1956

  1. Bigger Than Life (dir: Nicolas Ray)
  2. Written on the Wind (dir: Douglas Sirk)
  3. Crazed Fruit (dir: Kô Nakahira)
  4. The Searchers (dir: John Ford)
  5. Seven Samurai (dir: Akira Kurosawa; US Release Date)
  6. The Girl Can't Help It (dir: Frank Tashlin)
  7. Lola Montes (dir: Max Ophuls; International Date of Two Versions)
  8. The Killing (dir: Stanley Kubrick)
  9. Baby Doll (dir: Elia Kazan)
  10. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (dir: Hiroshi Inagaki)
James Mason, Christopher Olsen and Barbara Rush in Nicolas Ray's Bigger Than Life

James Mason, Christopher Olsen and Barbara Rush in Nicolas Ray's Bigger Than Life

Best Picture: Bigger Than Life
Director: Nicholas Ray Producer: James Mason
US Distributor: Fox

(left to right): Nicholas Ray on the Bigger Than Life set; James Mason in Bigger Than Life, Carroll Baker in Baby Doll, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone in Written on the Wind.

(left to right): Nicholas Ray on the Bigger Than Life set; James Mason in Bigger Than Life, Carroll Baker in Baby Doll, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone in Written on the Wind.

Best Director: Nicholas Ray, Bigger Than Life
Second Place: Douglas Sirk, Written on the Wind
Third Place: John Ford, The Searchers

Best Actor: James Mason, Bigger Than Life
Second Place: Eli Wallach, Baby Doll
Third Place: Toshiro Mifune, Seven Samurai

Best Actress: Carroll Baker, Baby Doll
Second Place: Martine Carol, Lola Montes
Third Place: Giulietta Masina, La Strada

Best Supporting Actor: Robert Stack, Written on the Wind
Second Place: Elisha Cook Jr., The Killing
Third Place: Anthony Quinn, La Strada

Best Supporting Actress: Dorothy Malone, Written on the Wind
Second Place: Marie Windsor, The Killing
Third Place: Patty McCormach, The Bad Seed

(left to right) Crazed Fruit, The Searchers, Bigger Than Life, The Killing, Written on the Wind, Lola Montes

(left to right) Crazed Fruit, The Searchers, Bigger Than Life, The Killing, Written on the Wind, Lola Montes

Best Original Screenplay: Shintaro Ishihara, Crazed Fruit
Second Place: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, and Hideo Oguni, Seven Samurai
Third Place: Frank Tashlin and Herbert Baker, The Girl Can't Help It

Best Adapted Screenplay: Frank S. Nugent, The Searchers
Second Place: Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum, Bigger Than Life
Third Place: Stanley Kubrick and Jim Thompson, The Killing

Best Cinematography: Joe MacDonald, Bigger Than Life
Second Place: Russell Metty, Written on the Wind
Third Place: Winton C. Hoch, The Searchers

Best Film Editing: Betty Steinberg, The Killing
Second Place: Russell F. Schoengarth, Written on the Wind
Third Place: Louis Loeffler, Bigger Than Life

Best Original Score: Frank Skinner, Written on the Wind
Second Place: Dimitri Tiomkin, Giant
Third Place: Alex North, The Bad Seed

Best Production Design: Jean d'Eaubonne and Robert Christides, Lola Montes
Second Place: Boris Leven and Ralph Hurst, Giant
Third Place: Takashi Matsuyama and Sô Matsuyama, Seven Samurai

Best Costume Design: Georges Annekov, Lola Montes
Second Place: Irene Sharoff, The King & I
Third Place: Kôhei Ezaki and Mieko Yamaguchi, Seven Samurai

Best Ensemble Cast: The Killing (dir: Stanley Kubrick; in alphabetical order): Timothy Carey, Elisha Cook, Jr., Ted DeCorsia, Vincent Edwards, Jay C. Flippen, Coleen Gray, Sterling Hayden, Joe Sawyer, Tito Vuolo and Marie Windsor

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award: Best First Feature: Kô Nakahira, Crazed Fruit


1955

  1. All That Heaven Allows (dir: Douglas Sirk)
  2. The Night of the Hunter (dir: Charles Laughton)
  3. Rebel Without a Cause (dir: Nicholas Ray)
  4. Les Diaboliques (dir: Henri-Georges Clouzot)
  5. El (dir: Luis Buñnuel; US Release Date)
  6. Ordet (dir: Carl Theodor Dreyer; International Release Date)
  7.  Kiss Me Deadly (dir: Robert Aldrich)
  8. Sansho the Bailiff (dir: Kenji Mizoguchi; US Release Date)
  9. The Big Combo (dir: Joseph H. Lewis)
  10. The Man with the Golden Arm (dir: Otto Preminger)
Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman and nature in Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows

Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman and nature in Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows

Best Picture: All That Heaven Allows
Director: Douglas Sirk Producer: Ross Hunter
US Distributor: Universal

(left to right) Douglas Sirk and Jane Wyman on the set of  All That Heaven Allows, Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter, Jane Wyman in All That Heaven Allows, Richard Conte in The Big Combo and Simone Signoret in Les Diaboliques. 

(left to right) Douglas Sirk and Jane Wyman on the set of  All That Heaven Allows, Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter, Jane Wyman in All That Heaven Allows, Richard Conte in The Big Combo and Simone Signoret in Les Diaboliques

Best Director: Douglas Sirk, All That Heaven Allows
Second Place: Charles Laughton, The Night of the Hunter
Third Place: Nicholas Ray, Rebel Without a Cause

Best Actor: Robert Mitchum, The Night of the Hunter
Second Place: James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause
Third Place: James Dean, East of Eden

Best Actress: Jane Wyman, All That Heaven Allows
Second Place: Hideko Takamine, Floating Clouds
Third Place: Katy Jurado, The Brute

Best Supporting Actor: Richard Conte, The Big Combo
Second Place: Jack Lemmon, Mister Roberts
Third Place: William Powell, Mister Roberts

Best Supporting Actress: Simone Signoret, Les Diaboliques
Second Place: Agnes Moorhead, All That Heaven Allows
Third Place: Natalie Wood, Rebel Without a Cause

(left to right) Rebel Without a Cause, The Night of the Hunter, Kiss Me Deadly, The Man with the Golden Arm, Guys and Dolls (dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

(left to right) Rebel Without a Cause, The Night of the Hunter, Kiss Me Deadly, The Man with the Golden Arm, Guys and Dolls (dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz)

Best Original Screenplay: Irving Shulman, Nicholas Ray and Stewart Stern, Rebel Without a Cause
Second Place: William Rose, The Ladykillers
Third Place: Edna L. Lee and Harry Lee, All That Heaven Allows

Best Adapted Screenplay: James Agee, The Night of the Hunter
Second Place: A.I. Bezzarides, Kiss Me Deadly
Third Place: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jerome Geronimi, Rene Masson and Frederic Grendel, Les Diaboliques

Best Cinematography: Stanley Cortez, The Night of the Hunter
Second Place: John Alton, The Big Combo
Third Place: Russell Metty, All That Heaven Allows

Best Film Editing: Michael Luciano, Kiss Me Deadly
Second Place: Robert Golden, The Night of the Hunter
Third Place: Madeleine Gug, Les Diaboliques

Best Original Score: Elmer Bernstein, The Man with the Golden Arm
Second Place: Ravi Shankar, Panther Panchali
Third Place: Frank Skinner, All That Heaven Allows

Best Production Design: Hilyard Brown and Al Spencer, The Night of the Hunter
Second Place: Alexander Golitzen and Eric Orbom, All That Heaven Allows
Third Place: Hisakazu Tsuji and Kosaburô Nakajima, Sansho the Bailiff

Best Costume Design: Irene Sharaff, Guys and Dolls
Second Place: Helen Rose, I'll Cry Tomorrow
Third Place: Edith Head, To Catch a Thief

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Best Ensemble Cast: Rebel Without a Cause (dir: Nicholas Ray; in alphabetical order): Corey Allen, Jim Backus, James Dean, Ann Doran, Dennis Hopper, William Hopper, Rochelle Hudson, Edward Platt, Sal Mineo, and Natalie Wood

Orson Welles' Best First Feature Award: Charles Laughton, The Night of the Hunter

 

the year-end project:
2017201620152014201320122011, 2010200920082007200620052004
20032002200120001999
1998199719961995199419931992, 19911990
19891988198719861985198419831982198119801975-791970-1974,
1965-691960-64, 1955-59..., 1950-541940-491930-1939
1920-29 + Superlatives Index