It was American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Father of the United States Samuel Adams that coined the quote, give credit where credit due. This famous quote means that acknowledgment should be given to someone who is worthy of it. It only makes sense to acknowledge only the most deserving people, they earned it.

Awards, prizes, recognition, etc. are given to the best and most influential people every year. One of the most prestigious and coveted awards one could have is an Academy Award. The Academy Awards or most commonly referred to as The Oscars are a set of awards dedicated to the film industry.

When you hear of the Oscars, one of the first names that come into mind is Meryl Streep. This is because the highly acclaimed actress has the record for most Oscar nominations with a whopping 21 nominations! No doubt that she is a favorite of the Academy, but you can’t blame her. She truly is a Hollywood treasure. Besides Meryl, there are other actors and actresses that have been nominated plenty of times. In this article, we have listed the actors and actresses with the most Academy Award nominations.

Meryl Streep

(21 Nominations, 3 Wins)

  • The Deer Hunter (1979)
  • Kramer vs. Kramer (1980, Won)
  • The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1982)
  • Sophie’s Choice (2983, Won)
  • Silkwood (1984)
  • Out of Africa (1986)
  • Ironweed (1988)
  • A Cry in the Dark (1989)
  • Postcards from the Edge (1991)
  • The Bridges of Madison County (1996)
  • One True Thing (1999)
  • Music of the Heart (2000)
  • Adaptation (2003)
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2007)
  • Doubt (2009)
  • Julie & Julia (2010)
  • The Iron Lady (2012, Won)
  • August: Osage County (2014)
  • Into the Woods (2015)
  • Florence Foster Jenkins (2017)
  • The Post (2018)

Katherine Hepburn

(12 Nominations, 4 Wins)

  • Morning Glory (1933, Won)
  • Alice Adams, (1936)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1941)
  • Woman of the Year (1943)
  • The African Queen (1952)
  • Summertime (1956)
  • The Rainmaker (1957)
  • Suddenly Last Summer (1960)
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1963)
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1968, Won)
  • The Lion in Winter (1969, Won)
  • On Golden Pond (1982, Won)

Jack Nicholson

(12 Nominations, 3 Wins)

  • Easy Rider (1970)
  • Five Easy Pieces (1971)
  • The Last Detail (1974)
  • Chinatown (1975)
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1976, Won)
  • Reds (1981)
  • Terms of Endearment (1984, Won)
  • Prizzi’s Honor (1986)
  • Ironweed (1988)
  • A Few Good Men (1993)
  • As Good As It Gets (1997, Won)
  • About Schmidt (2002)

Bette Davis

(10 Nominations, 2 Wins)

  • Of Human Bondage (1935)
  • Dangerous (1936, Won)
  • Jezebel (1939, Won)
  • Dark Victory (1940)
  • The Letter (1941)
  • The Little Foxes (1942)
  • Now, Voyager (1943)
  • Skeffington (1945)
  • All About Eve (1951)
  • The Star (1953)
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1963)

Laurence Olivier (10 Nominations, 1 Win)

  • Wuthering Heights (1940)
  • Rebecca (1941)
  • Henry V (1947)
  • Hamlet (1949, Won)
  • Richard III (1957)
  • The Entertainer (1961)
  • Othello (1966)
  • Sleuth (1973)
  • Marathon Man (1977)
  • The Boys from Brazil (1979)
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