Oscars: who has received the most wins and nominations?


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The Oscars are set to take place on Sunday evening, and the ceremony will see Hollywood’s best and brightest gather to celebrate the brightest performances of 2021. Although there are plenty of familiar faces who have been nominated for a second time ( good luck, Andrew Garfield and Olivia Colman), who has won the most Oscars over the years and received the most nominations? We’ve broken it down here…

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Without surprise, Meryl Streep tops the list after being nominated an incredible 21 times, 17 times for Best Actress and four times for Best Supporting Actress. She has won the award three times for her work in Kramer versus Kramer, the Iron Lady and Sophia’s choice.

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The late Katharine Hepburn is next with 12 nominations over her career, all for Best Actress, and four wins for Morning Glory, guess who’s coming to dinner, on Golden Pond and The Lion in winter.

While we all like to associate Leonardo DiCaprio with countless Oscar nominations, it’s actually Jack Nicholson who is the most nominated male actor of all time, with 12 nominations and three wins for As good as it gets, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Terms of endearment. Meanwhile, Leo has been nominated six times and eventually won for The ghost.

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Leonardo won in 2016

Bette Davis and Laurence Olivier also received ten nominations each, with Bette winning two for Dangerous and Jezebel, while Laurence received an Oscar for Hamlet in 1948.

Denzel Washington is also among the kings of Oscar nominations with nine nominations and two very impressive wins, while Al Pacino is right behind him with nine nominations and one win. Amazingly, the late Marlon Brando only won two Oscars during his incredible career for At the water’s edge and The Godfather.

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Denzel won for Glory and Training Day

Lady Judi Dench has an impressive Oscar history, with eight nominations and one win for Shakespeare in love, but, of course, there are also plenty of stars who have received multiple nominations but have never won the accolade – yet!

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Judi has been nominated eight times

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Glenn Close is the most notable star in this category, having been nominated eight times without a win. The late Peter O’Toole was also nominated for eight Oscars without ever taking one home. Amy Adams has also been nominated six times without a win.

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