List of actors with two or more Academy Awards in acting categories

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Katharine Hepburn won four Academy Awards for Best Actress, more than any other actor in the history of the Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given Academy Awards to actors and actresses for their performances in films since its inception. Throughout the history of the Academy Awards, there have been actors and actresses who have received multiple Academy Awards for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, or Best Supporting Actress.[1] The only restriction is that actors cannot receive multiple nominations for the same performance.[2] This rule was implemented after Barry Fitzgerald received a Best Actor and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance in Going My Way.[3]

As of 2018, 41 actors and actresses have received two or more Academy Awards in acting categories. Katharine Hepburn leads the way with four Best Actress awards.[4] Five have won three Academy Awards: Ingrid Bergman (two Best Actress awards and one Best Supporting Actress award),[5] Walter Brennan (three Best Supporting Actor awards),[6] Jack Nicholson (two Best Actor awards and one Best Supporting Actor award),[7] Meryl Streep (two Best Actress awards and one Best Supporting Actress award), and Daniel Day-Lewis (three Best Actor awards). Brennan was the first to receive three or more Academy Awards in 1940, followed by Hepburn in 1968, Bergman in 1974, Nicholson in 1997, Streep in 2011, and most recently Day-Lewis in 2012. Of the six, only Nicholson, Streep, and Day-Lewis are still living.

While there is no restriction on a performer winning the Best Actor/Actress and Best Supporting Actor/Actress awards in the same year for two different roles in two different movies, this has yet to happen.


Actor/Actress Best Actor/Actress Awards Best Supporting Actor/Actress Awards Total awards Total nominations
Katharine Hepburn Morning Glory (1933)
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
The Lion in Winter (1968)
On Golden Pond (1981)
4 12
Daniel Day-Lewis My Left Foot (1989)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Lincoln (2012)
3 6
Meryl Streep Sophie's Choice (1982)
The Iron Lady (2011)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) 3 21
Jack Nicholson One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
As Good as It Gets (1997)
Terms of Endearment (1983) 3 12
Ingrid Bergman Gaslight (1944)
Anastasia (1956)
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) 3 7
Walter Brennan Come and Get It (1936)
Kentucky (1938)
The Westerner (1940)
3 4
Bette Davis Dangerous (1935)
Jezebel (1938)
2 10
Spencer Tracy Captains Courageous (1937)
Boys Town (1938)
2 9
Marlon Brando On the Waterfront (1954)
The Godfather (1972)
2 8
Jack Lemmon Save the Tiger (1973) Mister Roberts (1955) 2 8
Denzel Washington Training Day (2001) Glory (1989) 2 8
Cate Blanchett Blue Jasmine (2013) The Aviator (2004) 2 7
Robert De Niro Raging Bull (1980) The Godfather Part II (1974) 2 7
Jane Fonda Klute (1971)
Coming Home (1978)
2 7
Dustin Hoffman Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Rain Man (1988)
2 7
Michael Caine Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
The Cider House Rules (1999)
2 6
Jessica Lange Blue Sky (1994) Tootsie (1982) 2 6
Maggie Smith The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) California Suite (1978) 2 6
Gary Cooper Sergeant York (1941)
High Noon (1952)
2 5
Olivia de Havilland To Each His Own (1946)
The Heiress (1949)
2 5
Gene Hackman The French Connection (1971) Unforgiven (1992) 2 5
Tom Hanks Philadelphia (1993)
Forrest Gump (1994)
2 5
Fredric March Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
2 5
Frances McDormand Fargo (1996)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri(2017)
2 5
Sean Penn Mystic River (2003)
Milk (2008)
2 5
Elizabeth Taylor Butterfield 8 (1960)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
2 5
Jodie Foster The Accused (1988)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
2 4
Glenda Jackson Women in Love (1970)
A Touch of Class (1973)
2 4
Anthony Quinn Viva Zapata! (1952)
Lust for Life (1956)
2 4
Shelley Winters The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
A Patch of Blue (1965)
2 4
Melvyn Douglas Hud (1963)
Being There (1979)
2 3
Sally Field Norma Rae (1979)
Places in the Heart (1984)
2 3
Jason Robards All the President's Men (1976)
Julia (1977)
2 3
Peter Ustinov Spartacus (1960)
Topkapi (1964)
2 3
Dianne Wiest Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Bullets over Broadway (1994)
2 3
Helen Hayes The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) Airport (1970) 2 2
Vivien Leigh Gone with the Wind (1939)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
2 2
Luise Rainer The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
The Good Earth (1937)
2 2
Kevin Spacey American Beauty (1999) The Usual Suspects (1995) 2 2
Hilary Swank Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
2 2
Christoph Waltz Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Django Unchained (2012)
2 2

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Acting Two or More Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. March 8, 2008. Archived from the original on March 8, 2008. Retrieved August 20, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Rule 6 – 80th Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on January 13, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Persons nominated in two acting categories in the same year". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. March 8, 2008. Archived from the original on January 12, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  4. ^ Allen, Jamie (June 30, 2003). "Katharine Hepburn dead at 96". CNN. Archived from the original on March 23, 2008. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Ingrid Bergman – Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Walter Brennan – Awards". Moviefone. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Jack Nicholson – Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved August 21, 2008. 

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