Earning yourself an Oscar win can be the highlight of your career as an actor that means higher paydays and more demand. Even being nominated for an Oscar gets a nice little “Oscar nominated actor” next to your name for the remainder of your career. There have been a lot of actors that have been nominated for multiple Oscars, and only a handful of won multiple times. Here are the five actors that have sat at the Oscars, hoping to hear their name called at least 10 times as a nominee.
Legendary actor Laurence Olivier enjoyed a long run at the top during Hollywood’s golden age. Nine times was Olivier nominated for the category of Best Actor, and one more time as Best Supporting Actor. Interestingly enough, Olivier won just a single Oscar during his career, coming in 1948 for his role in “Hamlet” as the title character.
Bette Davis was another one of those mainstays from Hollywood’s golden age and was considered one of the best actresses to ever live. The recognition she received would support that claim, as she was nominated for 10 acting Oscars during her career, all of which came in the Best Actress category. Davis won a pair of the trophies thanks to her roles in 1935’s “Dangerous” and 1938’s “Jezebel”.
Though it’s been a while since we’ve seen Jack Nicholson work as a full-time actor, he’s still royalty in the Hollywood scene. Nicholson has 12 Oscar nominations to his name, eight of them coming from the Best Actor category. Nicholson has won three Oscars in his career, first coming in 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and the most recent being 1997’s “As Good as It Gets”.
Katharine Hepburn is perhaps the most famous actress in Hollywood history. She had a long and illustrious career that included many memorable roles that have resonated with people for decades after they were filmed. Hepburn was nominated for a dozen Oscars in her career, earning herself four wins. The first of those wins came in 1933 with “Morning Glory”, and it was nearly 50 years until her fourth and final one, coming with 1981’s “On Golden Pond”.
You can basically guarantee that nobody is going to be able to touch the amount of nominations that Meryl Streep has in her career. While the two second place actors are tied with 12, Streep has an absurd 21 Oscar nominations, 17 of which were for Best Actress. Somehow, Streep has only won an Oscar three times. The first came from 1979’s “Kramer vs. Kramer”, which was followed up three years later with “Sophie’s Choice”. It wasn’t until 2011 that Streep had another award winning role with “The Iron Lady”.