The Apartment marked the last black and white film to win Best Picture during the era when black and white was still around, as well as the last until 1993 when Schindler's List won.
Gary Cooper was too ill to attend the ceremony, so his close friend James Stewart accepted the Honorary Oscar on his behalf. Stewart's emotional speech hinted that something was seriously wrong, and the next day newspapers ran the headline, "Gary Cooper has cancer." One month later, on May 13, 1961, six days after his 60th birthday, Cooper died.
Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface