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Oscar Records - Academy Award Records

Updated on August 18, 2014
Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most Academy Awards won by any actor or actress. Hepburn has won four Oscars. Her wins were in 1933, 1967, 1968, and 1981. The films which Hepburn won her Academy Awards for were "Morning Glory" (1933), "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (1967), "The Lion in Winter" (1968), and "On Golden Pond" (1981).


Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 and died on June 29, 2003. She began acting in 1928 in theater roles. Her first movie was "A Bill Divorcement." when she was 25 years old.

Daniel Day Lewis
Daniel Day Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis holds the record for the most Academy Award Wins for a Leading Actor. Lewis has won three Oscars in the following years: 1989, 2007, and 2012. Lewis won Oscars for his performances in "My Left Foot" (1989), "There Will Be Blood" (2007), and "Lincoln" (2012).


Daniel Day-Lewis is an English actor who holds both Irish and English citizenship. Lewis was born in London and began his career in the theater and on television shows. His first feature film was "Sunday Bloody Sunday" in 1971.

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for any actor or actress. Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award eighteen different times. Streep has won three Academy Awards. One Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the movie "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1979 and two Oscars for Best Actress in the movies "Sophie's Choice" in 1982 and "The Iron Lady" in 2011.

In addition to her 18 Academy Award nominations, Streep has also received twenty eight Golden Globe nominations, winning eight of those nominations. She has also won two Emmys, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Cannes Film Festival Award, and five New York Film Critics Circle Awards. To go along with her many nominations, Streep has also received a Tony nomination and five Grammy nominations.

Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for an actor. Currently Nicholson has twelve nominations, two of which he won Academy Awards. Nicholson's Academy Award wins occurred in 1975, 1997, and 1983. Nicholson is one of three actors that have are tied for winning three Academy Awards. The other two actors are Daniel Day Lewis (winning three/all for Lead Actor) and Walter Brennan. Nicholson won two Lead Actor Oscars and one Supporting Actor Oscar for the films "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", "As Good As it Gets", and his supporting Oscar being for "Terms of Endearment."

Nicholson is one of only two actors who have been nominated for an Academy Award in every decade since the 1960's. The only other actor is Michael Caine. Nicholson was also the youngest actor to win The American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.


In addition to Nicholson's many awards and nominations, he has also won six Golden Globes.

Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington holds the record for the most Academy Award wins by an African American actor. Washington has won two Academy Awards, one for a supporting role and one for lead actor. The films which Washington won his Oscars for were "Glory"(1989) which was his supporting role win and "Training Day"(2001) , which was his lead actor win.


In addition to his two Oscar wins, Washington has also won two Golden Globe Awards and a Tony Award.

Ben Hur
Ben Hur

Most Academy Awards for a Film

There are three films that have won eleven Academy Awards over the years. The three films holding the record for the most Oscar wins are "Ben-Hur" (1959), "Titanic"(1997), and "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"(2003).


"Ben-Hur" won Oscars for the following categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Cinematography, Best Motion Picture, etc..


"Titanic" won Oscars for the following categories: Best Director, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Sound (Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Gary Summers, Mark Ulano), Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Original Dramatic Score, Best Original Song


"Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" won Oscars for the following categories:Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Visual Effects, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Make-up, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing.

Movies with the Most Academy Award Nominations

There are two movies that have tied with fourteen Academy Award Nominations. The two movies are "All About Eve" (1950) and "Titanic" (1997). Titanic went on to win eleven of its nominations and "All About Eve" won six of its nominations.

Walt Disney
Walt Disney

Most Academy Awards by ANY INDIVIDUAL

Walt Disney has won twenty two Oscars over his career in film. Disney holds the record for the most Academy Awards won by any individual ever in the history of the Oscars.

Disney also holds the record for winning the most Oscars in one year. In 1954, Disney won four Academy Awards. The awards were for "Best Documentary Feature", "Best Documentary Short Subjects", "Best Short Subject Cartoon", and "Best Short Subject Two Reel."

In addition to the above two records, Walt Disney also holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for any individual. Disney has had fifty nine nominations over his film career.

First Women

The first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Picture was Julia Phillips for the move" The Sting" in 1973.


The first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director did not occur until 2009. The director was Kathryn Bigelow and it was for her movie "The Hurt Locker."

Tatum O'Neal at 10 years old
Tatum O'Neal at 10 years old

The Youngest Academy Award Winner

Tatum O'Neal was the youngest individual to win an Academy Award for her performance in the movie "Paper Moon" in 1973. O'Neal was only 10 years old when she walked away with her first Oscar statue.



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