Ask an Oscar nominee how much they want to win, and you’ll likely get the diplomatic reply that “just to be nominated is an honor.” Sure sure.
But the truth is, only a handful of Hollywood talent can claim to have been nominated—and won—more than once by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The Post looks at past winners and those to watch this year – some high-profile nominees have the potential for record-breaking wins.
And no matter what, this year’s ceremony is already a record in one respect: It’s the first time three women — Wanda Sykes, Regina Hall and Amy Schumer — have hosted the ceremony.
Indeed, the records for the most Oscars of all time for a single person are not held by actors, but by diverse talents behind the scenes. Animator and producer Walt Disney holds the all-time record with 22 Oscars.
Alfred Newman is the most-awarded film composer, with nine Oscars (including, yes, All About Eve) and 45 nominations. But for most of the nominations, “Star Wars” composer John Williams hasn’t been held back. 52 nominations brought five wins – and the most memorable film scores in the galaxy.
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Three Best Picture winners each took home a record 11 Academy Awards. Of these – all of which won Best Picture – 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won every single category in which it was nominated. 1997’s “Titanic” received 11 out of 14 nominations and 1959’s “Ben Hur” 11 out of 15.
This year, the Netflix western “The Power of the Dog” starring Benedict Cumberbatch has been nominated in 12 categories. If it sweeps them all away, it will be the highest-grossing film in history.
Legendary costume designer Edith Head, who died in 1981, won eight Oscars, including one for her work on All About Eve, which garnered a record 14 nominations in 1950 (a record she shared with Titanic and La La Land). from 2016 shares”).
Though a handful of actors and actresses have been nominated countless times (er, Meryl Streep), the record for wins is four, held by Katharine Hepburn for 1934’s “Morning Glory,” 1968’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Lion in Winter” and “On Golden Pond” from 1982. However, the actress never appeared at the awards in the years she won. She attended the ceremony only once, in 1974 — and that was to present her friend, producer Lawrence Weingarten, with an honorary award.
Three-time winner Streep — for 1980’s “Kramer vs. Kramer,” 1983’s “Sophie’s Choice,” and 2012’s “The Iron Lady” — holds the record for most nominations by an actor, a whopping 21 times.
Viola Davis is the most-nominated African American actress of all time, with four nominations and one win for “Fences” in 2016. Hattie McDaniel was the first black actress (and the first black performer of both sexes) to win a Best Supporting Actress award in 1939’s Gone With the Wind. Sidney Poitier was the first African American actor to win one, for Lilies of the Field in 1963. In 2001, he also received an honorary Academy Award.
This year marks the first with two openly queer nominees, in the Best Actress nomination Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana on Spencer and Ariana DeBose for Best Supporting Actress as Anita on West Side Story. If DeBose wins, she will become the first woman to win an Academy Award for the role of a previously Academy Award-winning actress (Rita Moreno won for the same role in the original 1961 film).
John Ford holds the record for most directing Oscars with four Oscars. A handful of writers have won writing three times, including Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola and Billy Wilder.
Jane Campion, the director of Power of the Dog, is the only woman to be nominated twice for Best Director, her first for 1993’s The Piano (she didn’t win, but took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay home). ). She’s a strong favorite at Gold Derby, and if she also picks up the gold for Best Adapted Screenplay, she’ll be the first woman ever to win both screenplay categories.
Denzel Washington, nominated for Best Actor this year for The Tragedy of Macbeth, is the most nominated African American actor in history, earning 10 nominations and two wins this year. If he wins a third, he will win three more male actors with three Oscars.
Jack Nicholson is one of three actors to have won three times – for 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1983’s Tenderness and 1997’s As Good As It Goes.
Daniel Day-Lewis won for My Left Foot (1990), There Will Be Blood (2008) and Lincoln (2013). Previously, Walter Brennan was the first to achieve the trifecta, with three wins for best supporting actor for Come and Get It (1936), Kentucky (1938), and The Westerner (1940).
Art Director Cedric Gibbons has been nominated 39 times for Best Production Design and won 11 Oscars – second only to record holder Walt Disney. He also left an indelible mark on the Academy as he is the man who designed the statuette!