Hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Academy Awards (commonly known as the “Oscars”) is an annual ceremony that recognizes the talent in the film industry of U.S. and excellence in cinematic achievements by awarding the “Academy Award of Merit”.

First presented in 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel, the Academy Awards is the oldest awards ceremony, which has come a long way in awarding celebrities who deserve great support and motivation for their remarkable performances of entertainment. This article provides information about the most nominated actors in Academy Awards History over the course of 88 years.

Meryl Streep

Nominated 19 times in total (15 times for Best Actress and 4 times for Best Supporting Actress), Meryl Streep secures the position as the most Nominated Actress for the Academy Awards. She is one of the six actors who have won three competitive Oscars for their remarkable acting. Streep has also been nominated 30 times in the Golden Globe Awards, winning eight. For her outstanding versatility, character adaptation, and ability to take on various accents, she is cited as the “best actress of her generation”.

Jack Nicholson

Nominated 8 times in total (4 times for Best Supporting Actor and 8 times for Best Actor), Jack Nicholson has won 3 Oscars – thanks to his remarkable performance in As Good as It Gets (1997), One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), and Terms of Endearment (1983). Performing for over 60 years in the film industry, Nicholson is known for his versatility in movie roles, which include psychopathic characters, dark portrayals, romance, and satirical comedy.

Katharine Hepburn

Nominated 12 times in total for Best Actress, Katharine Hepburn is the only celebrity who managed to win four Oscars. She was a pure dime during her younger days and was known for her spirited personality and fierce independence. Katharine was a leading woman in Hollywood for almost 60 years and was even given the title of the “Greatest Female Star” of classic Hollywood Cinema. Although she is no more, her name is still remembered as a remarkable actress.

Marlon Brando

Nominated 8 times in total (7 times for the Best Actor and 1 time for the Best Support Actor), Marlon Brando won two Oscars during his lifetime: One for “The Godfather (1972)” and the other for “On the Waterfront (1954). He is considered to be one of the most influential and famous actors of all time, mainly known for his role as “Vito Corleone”, along with performances in The Wild One (1953), Julius Caesar (1953), Viva Zapata! (1952), and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951).

Other Most Nominated Actors/Actresses for the Academy Award

  • Bette Davis (10 nominations – 2 wins)
  • Spencer Tracy (9 Nominations – 2 wins)
  • Ingrid Bergman (6 Nominations – 3 wins)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (5 Nominations – 3 wins)
  • Michael Caine (4 Nominations – 2 Wins)
  • Jessica Lange (5 Nominations – 2 wins)
  • Denzel Washington (4 Nominations – 2 Wins)
  • Robert De Niro (7 Nominations – 2 Wins)
  • Al Pacino (8 Nominations – 1 Win)

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