Film Honors: 1960

My own personal choices for the year. They reflect not just necessarily what I think is the best or essential cinema, but perhaps resonate with me or inspire, both at the time, and still today. Other published Film Honors posts can be found at the menu at the top of the page.

Score Composing

Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven)
Giovanni Fusco (L’Avventura)
*** Bernard Herrmann (Psycho) ***
Alex North (Spartacus)
Nino Rota (La Dolce Vita)

Actor Lead

Jean‑Paul Belmondo (Breathless)
Albert Finney (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)
*** Jack Lemmon (The Apartment) ***
Marcello Mastroianni (La Dolce Vita)
Anthony Perkins (Psycho)


Actor Support

Jack Kruschen (The Apartment)
Fred MacMurray (The Apartment)
Annibale Ninchi (La Dolce Vita)
Laurence Olivier (Spartacus)
*** Peter Ustinov (Spartacus) ***


Picture Editing

La Dolce Vita
*** Psycho ***


Ernest Laszlo (Inherit the Wind)
Russell Metty (Spartacus)
John L. Russell (Psycho)
*** Aldo Scavarda (L’Avventura) ***
Eugen Schufftan (Eyes Without a Face)


Actress Support

Marie Dubois (Shoot the Piano Player)
*** Janet Leigh (Psycho) ***
Lea Massari (L’Avventura)
Marie-José Nat (La Vérité)
Rachel Roberts (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning)


Actress Lead

*** Brigitte Bardot (La Vérité) ***
Sophia Loren (Two Women)
Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment)
Jean Seberg (Breathless)
Monica Vitti (L’Avventura)



Michelangelo Antonioni, Elio Bartolini, Tonino Guerra (L’Avventura)
Federico Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi (La Dolce Vita)
Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol (Breathless)
Joseph Stefano (Psycho)
*** Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond (The Apartment) ***



Michelangelo Antonioni (L’Avventura)
Federico Fellini (La Dolce Vita)
*** Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless) ***
Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho)
Billy Wilder (The Apartment)


Motion Picture

The Apartment (Billy Wilder)
Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard)
Eyes Without a Face (Georges Franju)
*** L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni) ***
La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
La Vérité (Henri-Georges Clouzot)
The Magnificent Seven (John Sturges)
Peeping Tom (Michael Powell)
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
Spartacus (Stanley Kubrick)



6 responses to “Film Honors: 1960

  1. AH! my decade at last! I always had Breathless on my list as 1959 – not sure why. Maybe because I thought La Dolce Vita and L’Avventura on the list was weighty enough.Great year when you add Hitch, Reisz, Wilder and Kubrick. The maturity and intelligence of these films compared to an equal number produced today..well, let’s not go there. We can just say “visionary” does not apply very often, let alone striking twice ( 3 times?) in one year.

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    • One of the great years surely. I mean, I really struggled to make my choices, and the narrowing down to 10 films was tough too. Enjoyed every minutes of it though, Might do 1959 next.


  2. Probably the best year of the 1960s, and so many of these are hardened classics. Breathless was great, Psycho was great, and The Apartment was great. I love that you picked The Apartment for Best Script and Jack Lemon for Best Actor. He was one of the best characters ever portrayed on screen, and he really earned his pathos.


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