Acting Awards Trivia

Note: In all listings of nominations, icon denotes a win.

Most Acting Nominations

  • Meryl Streep — 21
  • Best Supporting Actress, The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Best Supporting Actress, Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
  • Best Actress, The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
  • Best Actress, Sophie's Choice (1982)
  • 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)
  • Best Actress, August: Osage County (2013)
  • Best Supporting Actress, Into the Woods (2014)
  • Best Actress, Florence Foster Jenkins (2014)
  • Best Actress, The Post (2017)
  • Katharine Hepburn — 12
  • Best Actress, Morning Glory (1932/33)
  • Best Actress, Alice Adams (1935)
  • Best Actress, The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • Best Actress, Woman of the Year (1942)
  • Best Actress, The African Queen (1951)
  • Best Actress, Summertime (1955)
  • Best Actress, The Rainmaker (1956)
  • Best Actress, Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
  • Best Actress, Long Day's Journey into Night (1962)
  • Best Actress, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
  • Best Actress, The Lion in Winter (1968)
  • Best Actress, On Golden Pond (1981)
  • 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)
  • Best Supporting Actor, Reds (1981)
  • Best Supporting Actor, Terms Of Endearment (1983)
  • 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)
  • Best Actor, About Schmidt (2002)

Most Acting Wins

  • 4 Awards
  • Katharine Hepburn — 4 Best Actress (12 nominations)
  • 3 Awards
  • Ingrid Bergman — 2 Best Actress, 1 Best Supporting Actress (7 nominations)
  • Walter Brennan — 3 Best Supporting Actor (4 nominations)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis — 3 Best Actor (6 nominations)
  • Jack Nicholson — 2 Best Actor, 1 Best Supporting Actor (12 nominations)
  • Meryl Streep — 2 Best Actress, 1 Best Supporting Actress (21 nominations)

Most Nominations without a Single Win

  • 8 Nominations
  • Peter O'Toole — 8 Best Actor nominations (1 honorary award)
  • 7 Nominations
  • Richard Burton — 6 Best Actor nominations, 1 Best Supporting Actor nomination
  • Glenn Close — 4 Best Actress, 3 Best Supporting Actress

Performers Nominated for Two Acting Awards in a Single Year

  • Fay Bainter (1938)
  • Best Actress, White Banners
  • Best Supporting Actress, Jezebel
  • Teresa Wright (1942)
  • Best Actress, The Pride of the Yankees
  • Best Supporting Actress, Mrs. Miniver
  • Barry Fitzgerald (1944)
  • Best Actor, Going My Way
  • Best Supporting Actor, Going My Way
  • 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
  • Sigourney Weaver (1988)
  • Best Actress, Gorillas in the Mist
  • Best Supporting Actress, Working Girl
  • Al Pacino (1992)
  • Best Actor, Scent of a Woman
  • Best Supporting Actor, Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Holly Hunter (1993)
  • Best Actress, The Piano
  • 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
  • Best Supporting Actor, Collateral
  • Cate Blanchett (2007)
  • Best Actress, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Best Supporting Actress, I'm Not There
  • Scarlett Johansson (2007)
  • Best Actress, Marriage Story
  • Best Supporting Actress, Jojo Rabbit

Only Performers to Win Consecutive Acting Oscars

  • Luise Rainer (1936—1937)
  • Spencer Tracy (1937—1938)
  • Katharine Hepburn (1967—1968)
  • Jason Robards (1976—1977)
  • Tom Hanks (1993—1994)

Actors with the Most Consecutive Nominations

The following performers earned acting nominations in five consecutive years:

  • Bette Davis (1938—1942)
  • Greer Garson (1941—1945)

Two Actors Nominated for the Same Character

This category excludes historical figures who may have been played by multiple actors over the years.

Two actors nominated for the same character in different films:

  • Don Vito Corleone
  • Marlon Brando; The Godfather (1972) — Best Actor
  • Robert DeNiro; The Godfather: Part II (1974) — Best Supporting Actor
  • The Joker
  • Heath Ledger; The Dark Knight (2008) — Best Actor
  • Joaquin Phoenix; Joker (2019) — Best Actor

Two actors nominated for the same character in the same film:

  • Kate Winslet (nominated for Best Actress) and Gloria Stuart (nominated for Best Supporting Actress) as Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic (1997)
  • Kate Winslet (nominated for Best Supporting Actress) and Judi Dench (nominated for Best Actress) as Iris Murdoch in Iris (2001)

Nominated for the Same Role in Two Different Films

  • Bing Crosby as Father Chuck O'Malley
  • Going My Way (1944)
  • The Bells Of St. Mary's (1945)
  • Paul Newman as "Fast" Eddie Felson
  • The Hustler (1961)
  • The Color Of Money (1986)
  • 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)

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)
  • Mahershala Ali, Best Supporting Actor — Moonlight (2016)
  • Viola Davis, Best Supporting Actress — Fences (2016)
  • Regina King, Best Supporting Actress — If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)
  • Mahershala Ali, Best Supporting Actor — Green Book (2018)

Year with the Most Black Performers Nominated

  • 2016 — 6 performers
  • Denzel Washington — Best Actor, Fences
  • Ruth Negga — Best Actress, Loving
  • Mahershala Ali — Best Supporting Actor, Moonlight
  • Naomie Harris — Best Supporting Actress, Moonlight
  • Viola Davis — Best Supporting Actress, Fences
  • Octavia Spencer — Best Supporting Actress, Hidden Figures
  • 2020 — 6 performers
  • Chadwick Boseman — Best Actor, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Viola Davis — Best Actress, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Andra Day — Best Actress, The United States vs. Billie Holiday
  • Daniel Kaluuya — Best Supporting Actor, Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Leslie Odom, Jr. — Best Supporting Actor, One Night in Miami...
  • Lakeith Stanfield — Best Supporting Actor, Judas and the Black Messiah

Films In Which The Entire Credited 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 with about 10 minutes of screen time.

Shortest Performance to Win a Leading Acting 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 an Acting Oscar

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

Charlie Chaplin also received an honorary Oscar at the 1927/28 Oscars for "acting, writing, directing and producing The Circus." Likewise, Sir Laurence Olivier received an honorary Oscar at the 1946 Oscars for "his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen. Though neither of these is a competitive award, the Academy officially lists both men as having "directed themselves to an acting award."

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: Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World (2017) — Age 88
  • 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 Feature Film Debut

  • 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)

Note: Though several of these performers have garnered further nominations, none has ever won a second acting Oscar.

Performers Nominated for Films Where They Played Multiple Roles

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

Films With Five Acting Nominations

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