With only a couple weeks until the 82nd Academy Awards, the minds of Hoover’s editors turn to Oscar superlatives – who’s won the most. (See who The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deems worthy of the coveted gold statuette this year on March 7 on ABC.) The following list recalls some of the best of the best in the movie industry, according to Oscar.
1. The movie with the most awards: Three films are tied for the most awards won: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Ben-Hur (1959), Lightstorm Entertainment’s Titanic (1997), and New Line Cinema’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). Each of these movies won 11 Oscars.
2. The director with the most awards: John Ford was nominated five times and won four Oscars. Ford won Best Director for RKO Radio Pictures’ The Informer (1935), Twentieth Century Fox’s The Grapes of Wrath (1940) and How Green Was My Valley (1941), and Republic Pictures’ The Quiet Man (1952). William Wyler leads in nominations for directors, with 12. He won three times (Mrs. Miniver in 1942, The Best Years of Our Lives in 1947, and Ben-Hur).
3. The actor in a leading role with the most awards: There’s a nine-way tie in this category. Spencer Tracy, Frederic March, Gary Cooper, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Sean Penn each have won two Best Actor Oscars. Tracy has been up for the honor most with nine nominations, followed closely by Nicholson with eight.
4. The actress in a leading role with the most awards: Hands down, Katharine Hepburn with four Oscars for her work in RKO Radio Pictures’ Morning Glory (1933), Columbia Pictures’ Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967), Avco Embassy Pictures’ The Lion in Winter (1968), and Universal Pictures’ On Golden Pond (1981). Meryl Streep has been nominated 13 times for Best Actress with one win in 1982 for her role in Sophie’s Choice, distributed by Universal Pictures.
5. The individual with the most wins: Walt Disney. The man who brought us Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and a whole host of other iconic characters holds the record for winning the most Oscars as well as being nominated the most. Disney won 26 awards (four special awards and one posthumously), mainly for Best Short Subject, Cartoons. He was nominated for 59 Oscars.