Oscar: Acting stats

Please be aware that Oscar year refers to the year the Oscars were held and not the year the film was released.

Most nominated Actor/Actress

Most nominated actress
Meryl Streep – 21 nominations (3 Oscars)

Most nominated actor
Jack Nicholson – 12 nominations (3 Oscars)

Most winning Actor/Actress

Most winning actress
Katharine Hepburn – 4 Oscars (12 nominations)

Most winning actor
Jack Nicholson – 3 Oscars (12 nominations)
Daniel Day-Lewis – 3 Oscars (6 nominations)
Walter Brennan – 3 Oscars (4 nominations)

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Actors/Actresses nominated more for more than one acting award in the same year

NameOscar yearLead nominationSupporting nominationWon
Fay Bainter1939White BannersJezebelYes (Supporting)
Teresa Wright1943The Pride of the YankeesMrs. MiniverYes (Supporting)
Barry Fitzgerald*1944Going My WayGoing My WayYes (Supporting)
Jessica Lange1983FrancesTootsieYes (Supporting)
Sigourney Weaver1989Gorillas in the MistWorking GirlNo
Al Pacino1993Scent of a WomanGlengarry Glen RossYes (Lead)
Holly Hunter1994The PianoThe FirmYes (Lead)
Emma Thompson1994The Remains of the DayIn the Name of the FatherNo
Julianne Moore2003Far from HeavenThe HoursNo
Jamie Foxx2005RayCollateralYes (Lead)
Cate Blanchett2008Elizabeth: The Golden AgeI'm Not ThereNo
Scarlett Johansson2020Marriage StoryJojo RabbitNo

*Barry Fitzgerald is the only person to be nominated for both lead and supporting actor for the same role. After this incident the rules were changed to avoid it from happening again.

Actors/Actresses nominated for foreign language performances

First person to be nominated for a foreign language performance
1957 – Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo)
She was also the first person to win for a foreign language performance

Most nominated for foreign language performances
Marcello Mastroianni was nominated for three foreign language performances – Divorce Italian Style (1963), A Special Day (1978), Dark Eyes (1988)

Actors/Actresses nominated for sign language performances

Oscar YearActor/ActressFilmCategoryLanguageOscar win
1949Jane WymanJohnny BelindaBest ActressAmerican Sign LanguageYes
1963Patty DukeThe Miracle WorkerBest Supporting ActressAmerican Sign LanguageYes
1969Alan ArkinThe Heart Is a Lonely HunterBest ActorAmerican Sign LanguageNo
1971John MillsRyan's DaughterBest Supporting ActorBritish Sign LanguageYes
1987Marlee MatlinChildren of a Lesser GodBest ActressAmerican Sign LanguageYes
1994Holly HunterThe PianoBest ActressBritish Sign LanguageYes
2000Samantha MortonSweet and LowdownBest Supporting ActressAmerican Sign LanguageNo
2007Rinko KikuchiBabelBest Supporting ActressJapanese Sign LanguageNo
2018Sally HawkinsThe Shape of WaterBest ActressAmerican Sign LanguageNo
2021Riz AhmedSound of MetalBest ActorEnglish,ÊAmerican Sign LanguageNo
2021Paul RaciSound of MetalBest Supporting ActorEnglish,ÊAmerican Sign LanguageNo
2022Troy KotsurCODABest Supporting ActorAmerican Sign LanguageYes

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Actors/Actresses nominated for acting, directing and writing in the same year

Oscar yearNameActing nominationDirecting nominationWriting nominationOscars Won
1942Orson WellesCitizen Kane (Lead)Citizen KaneCitizen Kane (Original Screenplay) (won)1
1978Woody AllenAnnie Hall (Lead)Annie Hall (won)Annie Hall (Original Screenplay) (won)2
1979Warren Beatty*Heaven Can Wait (Lead)Heaven Can WaitHeaven Can Wait (Adapted Screenplay)0
1982Warren Beatty*Reds (Lead)Reds (won)Reds (Original Screenplay)1
1999Roberto Benigni**Life is Beautiful (Lead) (won)Life is Beautiful Life is Beautiful (Original Screenplay)1
2006George ClooneySyriana (Supporting) (won)Good Night, and Good Luck.Good Night, and Good Luck. (Original Screenplay)1

*Warren Beatty was also nominated as a producer for Best Picture both years, but didn’t win either of them.
**Life is Beautiful also won Best Foreign Language Film. Benigni accepted the award, but since only the country and no person is nominated in this category, that win and nomination does not count to Benigni’s personal total.

Years where none of the acting winners were from Best Picture nominees

Oscar YearBest Actor winnerBest Actress winnerBest Supporting Actor winnerBest Supporting Actress winner
1930*Warner Baxter (In Old Arizona)Mary Pickford (Coquette)Not awardedNot awarded
1931**Lionel Barrymore (A Free Soul)Marie Dressler (Min and Bill)Not awardedNot awarded
1970John Wayne (True Grit)Maggie Smith (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)Gig Young (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?)Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower)
1996Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas)Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking)Kevin Spacey (The Usual Suspects)Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite)

*No official nominees were announced this year. Only winners were announced. Also the supporting categories were not introduced until 1937. IMDB does however consider In Old Arizona as an unofficial Best Picture nominee.
**Supporting categories were not introduced until 1937.

Years where all acting winners were from Best Picture nominees

Oscar yearBest Actor winnerBest Actress winnerBest Supporting Actor winnerBest Supporting Actress winnerNumber of Best Picture nominees
1930-2George Arliss (Disraeli)Norma Shearer (The Divorcee)Not awarded*Not awarded*5
1935Clark Gable (It Happened One Night)Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night)Not awarded*Not awarded*12
1938Spencer Tracy (Captains Courageous)Luise Rainer (The Good Earth)Joseph Schildkraut (The Life of Emile Zola)Alice Brady (In Old Chicago)10
1940Robert Donat (Goodbye, Mr. Chips)Vivien Leigh (Gone with the Wind)Thomas Mitchell (Stagecoach)Hattie McDaniel (Gone with the Wind)10
1944Paul Lukas (Watch on the Rhine)Jennifer Jones (The Song of Bernadette)Charles Coburn (The More the Merrier)Katina Paxinou (For Whom the Bell Tolls)10
1950Broderick Crawford (All the King's Men)Olivia de Havilland (The Heiress)Dean Jagger (Twelve O'Clock High)Mercedes McCambridge (All the King's Men)5
1960Charlton Heston (Ben-Hur)Simone Signoret (Room at the Top)Hugh Griffith (Ben-Hur)Shelley Winters (The Diary of Anne Frank)5
1977Peter Finch (Network)Faye Dunaway (Network)Jason Robards (All the President's Men)Beatrice Straight (Network)5
1978Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl)Diane Keaton (Annie Hall)Jason Robards (Julia)Vanessa Redgrave (Julia)5
1997Geoffrey Rush (Shine)Frances McDormand (Fargo)Cuba Gooding Jr. (Jerry Maguire)Juliette Binoche (The English Patient)5
1998Jack Nicholson (As Good as It Gets)Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets)Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting)Kim Basinger (L. A. Confidential)5
2005Jamie Foxx (Ray)Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby)Morgan Freeman (Million Dollar Baby)Cate Blanchett (The Aviator)5
2011Colin Firth (The King's Speech)Natalie Portman (Black Swan)Christian Bale (The Fighter)Melissa Leo (The Fighter)10
2013Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)9
2017Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)Emma Stone (La La Land)Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)Viola Davis (Fences)9
2021Anthony Hopkins (The Father)Frances McDormand (Nomadland)Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari)8

*Supporting acting categories were not introduced until 1937

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