Best Picture Ben Hur 1959


Reading a best seller that was written in 1880 is certainly a challenge. I was curious how the book Ben Hur  written by General Lew Wallace held up to the screenplay written by Karl Tunberg for the 1959 Best Picture of the Year. It was an arduous read and left me shaking my head at the Academy Membership not voting Tunbergs screenplay as Best for 1959. Although I have never seen ‘Room at the Top’ I’m thinking the Academy deserves the Hole in the Head award for naming Neil Paterson’s Screenplay as Best over Karl Tunberg’s Screenplay for Ben Hur.
Best Song for 1959 was High Hopes from the Frank Sinatra film Hole in the Head, music by James Van Heusen, Lyrics by Sammy Cahn. This was the second win as Best Song for the Van Heusen and Cahn duo.


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