Oscars Record Holders: Which Hollywood Legend Has 59 Academy Award Nominations?

Entertainment Mar. 2, 2014 AT 1:30PM
Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins and Walt Disney Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, and Walt Disney are among those who hold Oscar records for nominations and wins at the Academy Awards Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images; Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images; Apic/Getty Images

Roll out the red carpet -- the 2014 Oscars are just around the corner! In celebration of the 86th Academy Awards, airing live from L.A.'s Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, Us Weekly is taking a look back at nearly nine decades of wins, losses, upsets, and more fun facts. Which Hollywood legend has 59 nominations? Which star won a leading actor trophy for just 16 minutes of screen time? We've got the answers -- and more Oscars record-holders -- in the roundup below!

Not surprisingly, the actress with the most total acting nominations is Meryl Streep, who has earned 18 nominations for films including Out of Africa, The Bridges of Madison County, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia, and this year's August: Osage County. Three of those 18 nominations resulted in wins, for 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer, 1982's Sophie's Choice, and 2011's The Iron Lady.

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The male record-holder for most total acting nominations is Jack Nicholson, who has been up for an Oscar 12 times since 1969. His nominated performances include roles in Easy Rider, Chinatown, and About Schmidt. Like Streep, he has three wins under his belt, for 1975's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1983's Terms of Endearment, and 1997's As Good As It Gets.

In the category of youngest Oscar winners ever, there are two record-holders. Shirley Temple, who won the Honorary Juvenile Award at age 6 in 1934, is the youngest overall, but Tatum O'Neal is the youngest in the standard competitive categories. She earned a Best Supporting Actress trophy for Paper Moon in 1973, when she was 10 years old.

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Take a look at some other Academy Award record-holders: 

Oldest Honorary Oscar winner: art director Robert F. Boyle, 98 when he won in 2007

Oldest competitive Oscar winner: Christopher Plummer, 82 when he won Best Supporting Actor in 2012 for Beginners

Most nominations received by a single film: All About Eve (1950) and Titanic (1997), with 14 nominations each

Most awards won by a single film: Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), with 11 wins each

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Most film nominations without a win: The Turning Point (1977) and The Color Purple (1985), with 11 nominations each

Most acting nominations without a competitive win: Peter O'Toole, with 8 nominations (O'Toole later won an Honorary Oscar in 2003)

Shortest performance to win a lead-acting Oscar: Anthony Hopkins' 16 minutes of screen time in Silence of the Lambs 

Most total nominations for a single person: Walt Disney, with 59 nominations and 22 wins, most for short films like Ferdinand the Bull and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

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Most wins for a leading actress: Katharine Hepburn, with 4 awards (for Morning Glory in 1934, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in 1968, The Lion in Winter in 1969, and On Golden Pond in 1982)

Most wins for a leading actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, with 3 awards (for My Left Foot in 1990, There Will Be Blood in 2008, and Lincoln in 2013)

Most nominations for directing: Ben-Hur director William Wyler, with 12 nominations (and 3 wins)

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