Acting Awards Trivia

[w] indicates a win.

Most Acting Nominations - Female
Most Acting Nominations - Male
Most Acting Wins - Female
Most Acting Wins - Male
Most Nominations Without A Single Win
Performers Nominated for Two Acting Awards in a Single Year
Only Performers to Win Consecutive Oscars
Performers With the Most Consecutive Nominations
Two People Nominated for the Same Character
Nominated for the Same Role in Two Different Films
Performers to Win a Tony and an Oscar for the Same Role
Performers to Win For Foreign Language Roles
Black Performers to Win Oscars
Year With the Most Black Performers Nominated
Films In Which The Entire Cast Was Nominated for Oscars
Shortest Performance to Win an Oscar
Shortest Performance to Win a Leading Oscar
The Only Posthumous Acting Award Winners
Only Ties in Acting Categories
Only People To Direct Themselves to Acting Oscars
The Only Films to Win Three Oscars For Acting
The Only Films to Win Both Best Actor & Best Actress
Youngest performer to receive an Academy Award
Oldest performer to receive an Academy Award
The Longest Gap Between Nomination And Victory
Performers to Win Oscars for Their First On-Screen Performance
Performers Nominated for Films Where They Played Multiple Roles
Films With Five Acting Nominations

Most Acting Nominations - Female

  • Meryl Streep — 19
  • Best Supporting Actress, The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Best Supporting Actress, Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) [w]
  • Best Actress, The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
  • Best Actress, Sophie's Choice (1982) [w]
  • Best Actress, Silkwood (1983)
  • Best Actress, Out of Africa (1985)
  • Best Actress, Ironweed (1987)
  • Best Actress, A Cry in the Dark (1988)
  • Best Actress, Postcards from the Edge (1990)
  • Best Actress, The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
  • Best Actress, One True Thing (1998)
  • Best Actress, Music of the Heart (1999)
  • Best Supporting Actress, Adaptation (2002)
  • Best Actress, The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  • Best Actress, Doubt (2008)
  • Best Actress, Julie & Julia (2009)
  • Best Actress, The Iron Lady (2011) [w]
  • Best Actress, August: Osage County (2013)
  • Best Supporting Actress, Into the Woods (2014)

Most Acting Nominations - Male

  • Jack Nicholson — 12
  • Best Supporting Actor, Easy Rider (1969)
  • Best Actor, Five Easy Pieces (1970)
  • Best Actor, The Last Detail (1973)
  • Best Actor, Chinatown (1974)
  • Best Actor, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) [w]
  • Best Supporting Actor, Reds (1981)
  • Best Supporting Actor, Terms Of Endearment (1983) [w]
  • Best Actor, Prizzi’s Honor (1985)
  • Best Actor, Ironweed (1987)
  • Best Supporting Actor, A Few Good Men (1992)
  • Best Actor, As Good As It Gets (1997) [w]
  • Best Actor, About Schmidt (2002)

Most Acting Wins - Female

  • Katharine Hepburn — 4
  • Best Actress, Morning Glory (1932/33)
  • Best Actress, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
  • Best Actress, The Lion in Winter (1968)
  • Best Actress, On Golden Pond (1982)

Most Acting Wins - Male

  • Jack Nicholson — 3
  • Best Actor, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  • Best Supporting Actor, Terms Of Endearment (1983)
  • Best Actor, As Good As It Gets (1997)

Most Nominations Without A Single Win

  • For 21 years this dubious distinction was shared by Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole, and while neither ever won a competitive Academy Award (they were each nominated 7 times), O'Toole was presented with a lifetime achievement award in 2002.
  • Thelma Ritter is the woman with the most nominations (6) and no wins.

Performers Nominated for Two Acting Awards in a Single Year

  • Fay Bainter (1938)
  • Best Actress, White Banners
  • Best Supporting Actress, Jezebel [w]
  • Teresa Wright (1942)
  • Best Actress, The Pride of the Yankees
  • Best Supporting Actress, Mrs. Miniver [w]
  • Barry Fitzgerald (1944)
  • Best Actor, Going My Way
  • Best Supporting Actor, Going My Way [w]
  • [Note: Rules have since been changed to disallow a double nomination for the same performance.]
  • Jessica Lange (1982)
  • Best Actress, Frances
  • Best Supporting Actress, Tootsie [w]
  • Sigourney Weaver (1988)
  • Best Actress, Gorillas in the Mist
  • Best Supporting Actress, Working Girl
  • Al Pacino (1992)
  • Best Actor, Scent of a Woman [w]
  • Best Supporting Actor, Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Holly Hunter (1993)
  • Best Actress, The Piano [w]
  • Best Supporting Actress, The Firm
  • Emma Thompson (1993)
  • Best Actress, The Remains of the Day
  • Best Supporting Actress, In the Name of the Father
  • Julianne Moore (2002)
  • Best Actress, Far from Heaven
  • Best Supporting Actress, The Hours
  • Jamie Foxx (2004)
  • Best Actor, Ray [w]
  • Best Supporting Actor, Collateral
  • Cate Blanchett (2007)
  • Best Actress, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Best Supporting Actress, I'm Not There

Only Performers to Win Consecutive Oscars

  • Luise Rainer (1936-37)
  • Spencer Tracy (1937-38)
  • Katharine Hepburn (1967-68)
  • Jason Robards (1976-77)
  • Tom Hanks (1993-94)

Performers With the Most Consecutive Nominations

Five consecutive nominations

  • Bette Davis (1938-42)
  • Greer Garson (1941-45)

Two People Nominated for the Same Character

  • Marlon Brando won Best Actor in 1972 for his performance as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather. In 1974, Robert De Niro won Best Supporting Actor for playing Corleone in The Godfather: Part II.
  • The only times two people have been nominated for playing the same character in the same film were: In 1997, Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart were nominated for playing Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic, and in 2001 Judi Dench and Kate Winslet were both nominated for playing novelist Iris Murdoch in Iris. None of them won for these films.

Nominated for the Same Role in Two Different Films

  • Bing Crosby as Father Chuck O'Malley
  • Going My Way (1944) [w]
  • The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
  • Paul Newman as "Fast" Eddie Felson
  • The Hustler (1961)
  • The Color Of Money (1986) [w]
  • Peter O'Toole as King Henry II
  • Beckett (1964)
  • The Lion In Winter (1968)
  • Al Pacino as Michael Corleone
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Performers to Win a Tony and an Oscar for the Same Role

    Performers to Win a Tony and an Oscar for the Same Role
    Performer Role Play/Film Tony Oscar
    Jose FerrerCyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac19471950
    Shirley BoothLola DelaneyCome Back, Little Sheba19501953
    Yul BrynnerKing Mongkut of SiamThe King and I19521956
    Rex HarrisonProfessor Henry HigginsMy Fair Lady19571964
    Anne BancroftAnnie SullivanThe Miracle Worker19601962
    Paul ScofieldThomas MoreA Man For All Seasons19621966
    Jack AlbertsonJohn ClearyThe Subject Was Roses19651968
    Joel GreyMaster of CeremoniesCabaret19671973
    Lila KedrovaMadame HortenseZorba the Greek19841964

Performers to Win For Foreign Language Roles

  • Sophia Loren, Best Actress — Two Women (Italian, 1961)
  • Robert DeNiro, Best Supporting Actor — The Godfather, Part II (Italian, 1974)
  • Marlee Matlin, Best Actress — Children Of A Lesser God (American Sign Language, 1986)
  • Roberto Benigni, Best Actor — Life Is Beautiful (Italian, 1998)
  • Benicio Del Toro, Best Supporting Actor — Traffic (Spanish, 2000)
  • Marion Cotillard, Best Actress — La Vie en Rose (French, 2007)
  • Penelope Cruz, Best Supporting Actress — Vicky Cristina Barcelona (Spanish, 2008)
  • Christoph Waltz, Best Supporting Actor — Inglorious Basterds (German, 2009)

Black Performers to Win Oscars

  • Hattie McDaniel, Best Supporting Actress — Gone With the Wind (1939)
  • Sidney Poitier, Best Actor — Lilies of the Field (1963)
  • Louis Gossett Jr., Best Supporting Actor — An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
  • Denzel Washington, Best Supporting Actor — Glory (1989)
  • Whoopi Goldberg, Best Supporting Actress — Ghost (1990)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr., Best Supporting Actor — Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • Halle Berry, Best Actress — Monster's Ball (2001)
  • Denzel Washington, Best Actor — Training Day (2001)
  • Morgan Freeman, Best Supporting Actor — Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Jamie Foxx, Best Actor — Ray (2004)
  • Forest Whitaker, Best Actor — The Last King of Scotland (2006)
  • Mo'Nique, Best Supporting Actress — Precious (2009)
  • Octavia Spencer, Best Supporting Actress — The Help (2011)
  • Lupita Nyong'o, Best Supporting Actress — 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Year With the Most Black Performers Nominated

The year 2004 marked the first time five black performers were nominated for acting awards, they were: Jamie Foxx (Best Actor: Ray & Best Supporting Actor: Collateral), Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor: Million Dollar Baby), Don Cheadle (Best Actor: Hotel Rwanda) and Sophie Okonedo (Best Supporting Actress: Hotel Rwanda). The previous record was three in a single year which occurred in both 2001 and 1972.

Films In Which The Entire Cast Was Nominated for Oscars

  • Sleuth (1972)
  • Give 'em Hell Harry (1975)

Shortest Performance to Win an Oscar

  • Judi Dench won Best Supporting Actress in 1998 for her less than 8 minutes of screen time as Queen Elisabeth in Shakespeare In Love.
  • Beatrice Straight is second place, she won Best Supporting Actress for Network in 1976 for about 10 minutes of screen time.

Shortest Performance to Win a Leading Oscar

  • Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor in 1991 for less than 16 minutes of screen time as Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter in Silence Of The Lambs.

The Only Posthumous Acting Award Winners

  • Peter Finch — Network (1976)
  • Heath Ledger — The Dark Knight (2008)

Only Ties in Acting Categories

  • Best Actor: Wallace Beery, The Champ and Fredric March, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931/32)
  • Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn, The Lion In Winter and Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl (1968)

Only People To Direct Themselves to Acting Oscars

  • Laurence Olivier — Hamlet (1948)
  • Roberto Benigni — Life is Beautiful (1998)

The Only Films to Win Three Oscars For Acting

  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • Network (1976)

The Only Films to Win Both Best Actor & Best Actress

  • It Happened One Night (1934)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
  • Network (1976)
  • Coming Home (1978)
  • On Golden Pond (1981)
  • The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • As Good as It Gets (1997)

Youngest Performers to Receive Oscar Nominations/Oscars

  • Youngest Best Actor Nominee: Jackie Cooper, Skippy (1931/32) — Age 9
  • Youngest Best Actor Winner: Adrien Brody, The Pianist (2002) — Age 29
  • Youngest Best Actress Nominee: Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) — Age 9
  • Youngest Best Actress Winner: Marlee Matlin, Children of a Lesser God (1986) — Age 21
  • Youngest Best Supporting Actor Nominee: Justin Henry, Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) — Age 8
  • Youngest Best Supporting Actor Winner: Timothy Hutton, Ordinary People (1980) — Age 20
  • Youngest Best Supporting Actress Nominee: Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon (1973) — Age 8
  • Youngest Best Supporting Actress Winner: Tatum O'Neal, Paper Moon (1973) — Age 8
  • Youngest Honorary Award Recipient: Shirley Temple (1934 Special Award) — Age 6

Oldest Performers to Receive Oscar Nominations/Oscars

  • Oldest Best Actor Nominee: Richard Farnsworth, The Straight Story (1999) — Age 80
  • Oldest Best Actor Winner: Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond (1981) — Age 76
  • Oldest Best Actress Nominee: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour (2012) — Age 85
  • Oldest Best Actress Winner: Jessica Tandy, Driving Miss Daisy (1989) — Age 80
  • Oldest Best Supporting Actor Nominee: Robert Duvall, The Judge (2014) — Age 84
  • Oldest Best Supporting Actor Winner: Christopher Plummer, Beginners (2011) — Age 80
  • Oldest Best Supporting Actress Nominee: Gloria Stuart, Titanic (1997) — Age 87
  • Oldest Best Supporting Actress Winner: Peggy Ashcroft, A Passage to India (1984) — Age 77
  • Oldest Honorary Award Recipient: Eli Wallach (2010 Honorary Award) — Age 94

The Longest Gap Between Nomination And Victory

  • Henry Fonda was first nominated as an actor for The Grapes Of Wrath (1941), and didn't win an acting award until 41 years later for On Golden Pond (1982). However, was given an honorary award the previous year.
  • Jack Palance was nominated for Sudden Fear (1952), but had to wait 39 years before his victory for City Slickers (1991)

Performers to Win Oscars for Their First On-Screen Performance

  • Gale Sondergaard, Best Supporting Actress; Anthony Adverse (1936)
  • Katina Paxinou, Best Supporting Actress; For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
  • Harold Russell, Best Supporting Actor; The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
  • Mercedes McCambridge, Best Supporting Actress; All the King's Men (1949)
  • Shirley Booth, Best Actress; Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
  • Eva Marie Saint, Best Supporting Actress; On the Waterfront (1954)
  • Jo Van Fleet, Best Supporting Actress; East of Eden (1955)
  • Julie Andrews, Best Actress; Mary Poppins (1964)
  • Barbra Streisand, Best Actress; Funny Girl (1968)
  • Tatum O'Neal, Best Supporting Actress; Paper Moon (1973)
  • Timothy Hutton, Best Supporting Actor; Ordinary People (1980)
  • Haing S. Ngor, Best Supporting Actor; The Killing Fields (1984)
  • Marlee Matlin, Best Actress; Children of a Lesser God (1986)
  • Anna Paquin, Best Supporting Actress; The Piano (1993)
  • Jennifer Hudson, Best Supporting Actress; Dreamgirls (2006)
  • Lupita Nyong'o, Best Supporting Actress; 12 Years a Slave (2013)

Performers Nominated for Films Where They Played Multiple Roles

  • Fredric March, Best Actor winner for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931/32): Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Laurence Olivier, Best Actor winner for Hamlet (1948): Hamlet and the Voice of the Ghost
  • Lee Marvin, Best Actor winner for Cat Ballou (1965): Tim Strawn and Kid Shelleen
  • Nicolas Cage, Best Actor nominee for Adaptation (2002): Charlie & Donald Kauffman
  • Peter Sellers is the only actor to be nominated (as Best Actor) for playing three roles in the same film, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964): Captain Lionel Mandrake, President Merkin Muffley, and Dr. Strangelove.

Films With Five Acting Nominations

  • Network (1976)
  • Godfather Part II (1974)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Tom Jones (1963)
  • Peyton Place (1957)
  • On the Waterfront (1954)
  • From Here to Eternity (1953)
  • All About Eve (1950)
  • Mrs. Miniver (1942)