Here’s Who Has the Most Oscars Ever
The answer might surprise you.
It’s safe to assume that it's every actor’s dream to win an Oscar, but multiple gold statues? Well, it's a reality for some actors, some of who have even racked up more than a dozen.
The 2020 Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. EST, and this year’s list of nominees is, as usual, both exciting and disappointing. Joker, 1917, Marriage Story, and Little Women all scored nods in the Best Picture category, while the Best Director closed out a woman nominee again (yes, they snubbed directorial favorite Greta Gerwig yet again).
So, it's bound to be an exciting evening, but, while you wait, it's also fun to take a trip down memory lane, revisiting favorite red carpet moments, as well as digging up answers to questions like "who has the most Oscars ever?"
Sure, names like Tom (Hanks), Julia (Roberts), and Meryl (Streep) all come to mind, especially when you consider their impressive careers, but it turns out, the person with this unique title is none other than the man behind the “happiest place on Earth” — Walt Disney. He won 26 Oscars and took home 59 nominations. It’s important to note, however, that most of his Oscars were for categories outside of acting, like Best Animated Short.
As for the film with the most Oscars ever, Titanic, Ben-Hur, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King each share the title with 11 Oscars each.
In the acting category, the person with the most Oscars is, in fact, Katharine Hepburn, who earned four Oscars and 12 nominations in the Best Actress category. She won for her roles in Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and On Golden Pond. Director John Ford has the most Oscars for directing with five total, and he’s best known for films like The Grapes of Wrath and The Informer.
Meryl Streep isn't far behind — the actress has been nominated 21 times (making her the actress with the most nominations) and has won three of them. While Streep wasn't nominated this year and, therefore, won't have a chance to tie Hepburn for a total of four wins, there are some actors who will have a chance to score an Oscar for the first time or even add to their growing number of Academy Awards.
As for the most wins (and nominations) in the Best Actor category, that honor goes to Jack Nicholson. While he's tied with Daniel Day-Lewis for three wins, he doubles Day-Lewis in the nominations category — he has been nominated 12 times, while Day-Lewis has scored six, most recently for his role in Lincoln.
Joaquin Phoenix, who is nominated in the Best Actor category for his role in Joker, would take home his first Oscar if he were to win (he has been nominated three previous times).
Scarlett Johansson, who is nominated in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, could not only take home her first Oscar, but win in two different categories, an honor previously bestowed to only a handful of actors, including Emma Thompson, Jamie Foxx, Julianne Moore, and Cate Blanchett.
And then there's Leonardo Dicaprio who is nominated in the Best Actor category and could take home his second Oscar for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Catch the 2020 Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.