Oscar statues on display (Picture: Matt Petit – Handout/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images)
The Oscars (Academy Awards) show is the peak of Hollywood’s illustrious awards season.
So, who has managed to live the dream to the extreme – by achieving the most Oscar nods in history?
Here’s the current tally.
Who holds the record for most Oscar nominations in history?
Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar nominations, as of 2021.
Walt Disney (centre) with one of his many Academy Awards (Picture: Getty)
The Mickey Mouse creator has a total of 59 nominations and 22 wins to his name, awarded between 1932 and 1969.
Many of these were for his short films, in the category Best Short Subject (Cartoon) – now called Best Animated Short Film.
Mary Poppins (1965) received a Best Picture nod, but didn’t win – though earlier feature-length documentaries The Living Desert (1954) and The Vanishing Prairie (1955) won Best Documentary Feature.
Walt’s award was posthumous, for the short cartoon Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1969)
The only living person competing with Disney’s record is composer John Williams.
He’s earned a staggering 52 nominations for his work so far, along with multiple wins.
While you may not recognise his name, he’s the man behind the iconic, award-winning scores for the Star Wars franchise, Jaws (1975) and ET: The Extra Terrestrial (1982).
Which actor has the most Oscar nominations?
Most-nominated actor Meryl Streep casually attending the Oscars – again (Picture: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Meryl Streep wears the crown of ‘most Oscar-nominated actor’ – with 21 nods, of which she’s won three.
She won Best Supporting Actress for Kramer vs Kramer (1980), then Best Actress for Sophie’s Choice (1983) and The Iron Lady (2012).
The male actor with the most noms is Jack Nicholson with an impressive 12. Like Meryl, Jack also has three wins.
Jack won Best Actor for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1976) and As Good As It Gets (1998), also Best Supporting Actor for Terms of Endearment (1984).
The late Hollywood icon Katharine Hepburn ties with Jack for 12 acting nominations.
One of four Oscars won by Katharine Hepburn (Picture: Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
She trumps them both – to date – with four wins.
As for the movies themselves, All About Eve (1952), Titanic (1997) and La La Land (2016) tie for the most nominations.
They each had 14 nods, winning multiple gongs each. Though Titanic won most: 11 of the 14 categories.
Though they did not receive the same number of nominations, two other films have gone on to match Titanic’s win record.
Ben Hur (1959) and The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) each have 11 Oscar wins.
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