Oscars 2021: Biggest award winners of all time revealed from Walt Disney with 22 to Meryl Streep as most-nominated actor

FRANCES MCDORMAND only needs one more Best Actress Oscar to equal the record for the most leading acting statuettes.

The 63-year-old star’s third golden gong put her just behind silver screen great Katharine Hepburn and level pegging with Daniel Day-Lewis.


But Frances, who won for Nomadland on Sunday, has a very long way to go to have more Oscars on their shelf than anyone else.

Walt Disney had his name pulled out of the envelope a remarkable 22 times.

And the Oscars for the most Oscars go to…

Most Leading Actress awards

Katharine Hepburn: 4

The American one her first Oscar in 1934 for Morning Glory and her last one in 1981 for On Golden Pond.

Hepburn died in 2003 aged 96.

Most Leading Actor awards

Daniel Day-Lewis: 3

The London born Irish actor first tasted glory in 1990 for My Left Foot and most recently in 2013 in Lincoln, where he portrayed the former US President.

Day-Lewis, 63, has now retired from acting.

Most Supporting Actress awards

Shelley Winters and Dianne Wiest: Both 2

Winters won for The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) and A Patch of Blue (1965), while Dianne Wiest took the honours for two Woody Allen movies – Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and Bullets Over Broadway 1994.

Winters died in 2006 aged 85, but Wiest’s talents are still very much at the age of 73.

Most Supporting Actor awards

Walter Brennan: 3

American actor wracked up three wins in four years, his last one for The Westerner in 1941.

He died in 1974 aged 80.

Most acting nominations

Meryl Streep: 21

The 71-year-old star is a regular on the Oscar red carpet with a record 21 nominations, most recently picking up Best Actress for The Iron Lady in 2012.

Streep also won Oscars for Kramer vs Kramer (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982).

Jack Nicholson received the most nominations for an actor, with 12 and won three times.

Most wins by a director

John Ford: 4

Film-making legend Ford first won Best Director for The Informer in 1936 and took home his final award in 1952 for The Quiet Man.

The American died in 1973 aged 79.

Most wins by one person

Walt Disney: 22

The founder of Disney movie studios won four awards in 1954 and found most success in the Best Short Cartoon category.

He died in 1966 aged 65, having produced countless beloved films.

Most nominations without winning

Peter O’Toole and Glenn Close: Both 8.

British actor O’Toole was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2010 and died three years later aged 81 without receiving an acting statuette.

Fatal Attraction star Close, 74, missed out for the eighth time last night, having been nominated for Hillbilly Elegy.

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