Entertainment & Arts

The Oscars in numbers

To celebrate this year's Oscars, we look at the films and stars who've made the biggest impact on the awards over the last eight decades.

Best actors and supporting actors

Most nominations

  • Jack Nicholson

    12 nominations

    Eight for best actor and four for best supporting actor

  • Meryl Streep

    17 nominations

    14 for best actress and three for best supporting actress

  • Sound engineer Mark Berger holds the record for the most nominations that all resulted in wins (four Oscars for best sound).
  • Walt Disney holds the record for the most awards at 26, which includes both competitive and non-competitive awards.

Most wins

  • Katharine Hepburn

    Four for best actress Oscar wins

    Four for best actress (1934, 1968, 1969 and 1982)

  • Jack Nicholson

    Two for best actor Oscar wins

    Two for best actor (1976 and 1998) and one for best supporting actor (1984)

  • Walter Brennan

    Three for best supporting actor

    Three for best supporting actor (1937, 1939 and 1941)


Most nominations

  • Titanic

    14 nominations

    14 nominations in 1998

  • All about Eve

    14 nominations

    14 nominations (won six) in 1951

Most wins

  • The Return of the King

    11 Oscars in 2004

  • Titanic

    11 Oscars in 1998

  • Ben Hur

    11 Oscars in 1960

Oldest, youngest, longest and shortest

Oldest winner

  • Christopher Plummer

    82 years, 75 days

    Best supporting actor for Beginners in 2012

Youngest winner

  • Tatum O'Neal

    10 years, 148 days

    Best supporting actress for Paper Moon in 1974

Longest speech?*

  • Greer Garson

    5 minutes, 30 seconds

    On winning best actress for Mrs Miniver in 1942

Shortest speech?*

  • Joe Pesci

    3 seconds

    On winning best supporting actor for Goodfellas in 1991

*There are no official records. But these are two contenders.

All data supplied by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


Produced by: Salim Qurashi, Rebecca Thomas, Tom Housden and Sophia Domfeh.