These People Have Won An Astonishing Number Of Oscars

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Another year, another Meryl Streep Oscar nomination. Over the course of her incredible career, Streep has racked up 21 acting nominations — a record. Surprisingly, though, she doesn't hold the record for the most Oscars won. Not by a long shot.
While the acting categories are the most visible, the people with the most Academy Awards aren't actors. They're directors, cartoonists, costume designers, composers, and special effects artists. Essentially, the behind-the-scenes people who make the movies possible. And one of these behind-the-scenes people has won 26 Oscars.
Which leads us to wonder: Where does a person with so many Oscars store their multiple statuettes? Do they create a special Oscars room? We certainly would. These are the people who should consider adding a wing to their house to honor their movie-making accolades.
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Katharine Hepburn
Total Oscar Count: 4

Katharine Hepburn holds the record for the most acting awards. She won four Best Actress awards: Morning Glory (1934), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1968), The Lion in Winter (1969), and On Golden Pond (1982). Interestingly enough, Hepburn never collected her statuettes in person. She only attended the Academy Awards once. In 1974, she showed up to present the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to her friend, producer Lawrence Weingarten. No gown for Hepburn — she wore gardening boots and a sweater.
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Walter Brennan
Total Oscar Count: 3

Walter Brennan was mainly a character actor who specialized in two varieties of old men: the wise man, and the grumpy codger. He won three Best Supporting Actor awards for The Westerner (1941), Kentucky (1939), and Come and Get It (1941).
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Ingrid Bergman
Total Oscar Count: 3

Ingrid Bergman will be best remembered as Isla Lund in Casablanca, standing before a airplane. But she wasn't even nominated for Casablanca. Bergman's Academy Awards came for her work in Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Anastasia (1956), and Gaslight (1944).
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Daniel Day-Lewis
Total Oscar Count: 3

Daniel Day-Lewis retired from acting this year — a real loss, considering he's one of the most extraordinary actors of our time. Day-Lewis' career exploded after winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in My Left Foot (1989). His next Best Actor award came in 2007 for There Will Be Blood. Most recently, in 2012, he won Best Actor for playing Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln. This year, he's nominated for playing an obsessive fashion designer in The Phantom Thread. We'll see if his count goes up to four.
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Meryl Streep
Total Oscar Count: 3

With 21 (and counting), Meryl Streep set the record for the most acting Oscar nominations. Her first win was for Best Supporting Actress in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), in which she played a mother who abandons her husband and son. Then came her riveting performance in Sophie's Choice (1981), for which she won Best Actress. Most recently, she won Best Actress for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011). This year, Streep is nominated again for The Post.
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Jack Nicholson
Total Oscar Count: 3

There are certain images that stay with you, and Nicholson's manic face poking through a door in The Shining is one of them. But his Oscars glory wasn't obtained from The Shining. Before retiring in 2013, Nicholson was nominated 12 times. He won twice for Best Actor – for As Good As It Gets (1998) and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1976). He also won Best Supporting Actor for Terms of Endearment (1984).
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John Ford
Total Oscar Count: 4

John Ford has the most Oscar wins of any director. Over the course of his 50-year career, Ford directed 140 movies, and was especially known for his Westerns. He won for The Quiet Man (1953), How Green Was My Valley (1942), The Grapes of Wrath (1941), and The Informer (1936). In an interesting bit of Oscar lore, his movie How Green Was My Valley ended up beating Citizen Kane — widely regarded as one of the best movies of all time — for Best Picture.
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Dennis Muren
Total Oscar Count: 8

Without Dennis Muren, blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars never could have existed. His pioneering work in visual effects garnered him eight Oscars, and changed the way movies worked forever.
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Alan Menken
Total Oscar Count: 8

Menken is responsible for the soundtrack of your childhood. His music was used in iconic Disney classics like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Pocahontas, to name just a sliver of the whole. Four of his original songs and four of his scores received Academy Awards.
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Edith Head
Total Oscar Count: 8

Edith Head, costume designer extraordinaire, was the inspiration for the character Edna Mode in The Incredibles. She was nominated 35 times over the course of her long career, which spanned from the silent era into Hollywood's Golden Age. Head is especially known for her partnership with Alfred Hitchcock — she did costumes for 11 of his movies. You might be familiar with her Oscar-winning costumes in Roman Holiday, Sabrina, and All About Eve.
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John Williams

Total Oscar Count: 5

You can probably hum John Williams' melodies from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jaws, and Harry Potter back to us. Williams has been nominated a staggering 51 times, and has won five times. He received awards for his work on Schindler's List (1993), E.T. (1982), Star Wars (1977), Jaws (1975), and Fiddler on the Roof (1971).
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Walt Disney
Total Oscar Count: 26

Walt Disney has the most Oscars of anyone, by a long shot. Disney was nominated an astonishing 59 times. His first Oscar was for a short cartoon called Flowers and Trees in 1932. His last was a posthumous win for Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day in 1969.
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