The Winner Of Most Best Actor Oscars Ever Is A Woman, But No, It's Not Meryl

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The Oscars are back IRL folks, and thank goodness. After a pandemic-stricken world nosedived into lockdown, and award shows went virtual, were postponed or had mask and social distancing mandates, it feels like a joyous moment to be anticipating the 2022 Academy Awards' return to form this year.

Expect larger than life red carpet looks, with even fuller skirts, lengthier trains and more glittering accessories than usual, as stars make up for lost time on Sunday March 27, in Hollywood. And on this point, if you want a trip down memory lane, ELLE has compiled a gallery of the most impressive and iconic Oscars dresses of all time.

When it comes to the accolades themselves, we've seen some history-making moments in recent years. Last year, Chloe Zhao became the first woman of colour to win the Best Director gong for her film Nomadland, which also won Best Picture.

This year's nominations for Best Director again include a woman: Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog.

In 2019, Mahershala Ali, took home Oscar number two for his nuanced, beautiful role in the film Green Book. It was only his second nomination, which means he has an impressive 100% success rate for Oscar-winning.

However, the winner of most Oscars for acting ever might surprise you.

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Photo credit: Chelsea Guglielmino - Getty Images

We may all love Meryl Streep and want her to be Queen of everything, but as it stands, she does not hold the position of 'winner of most oscars ever.'

When it comes to the Academy Awards, Meryl has been given the extreme compliment of having been nominated more times than any other actor, male or female.

The theatrical powerhouse and star of such films as Mama Mia, Deer Hunter and The Iron Lady, has been nominated a whopping 21 times, adding her most recent nomination to the list for her role in The Post, in 2018.

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Photo credit: Christopher Polk - Getty Images

But when it comes to actually winning the most Oscars, sadly she is not the record holder.

For her 2018 nomination, the impressive 69-year-old lost out in the Best Actress category to Frances McDormand, for McDormand's role in dark and painful comedy Three Billboards, which scuppered Streep's chances of beating the 'most oscars' record holder. McDormand also joined the MAA club in 2018, as it was her second Academy Award.

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Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

Very happily for womankind, though, the record-holder for most oscars ever is female and if we were ever happy for Meryl Streep to come second to anyone, it would likely be this person.

Who Has Won The Most Oscars Ever In History?

The reigning titleholder, in the race for most oscars awards ever, remains Katharine Hepburn.

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Katharine Hepburn won four Oscars throughout her career. As a budding starlet, at 26-years old, Hepburn won her first Academy Award in 1933's Morning Glory.

After that, there was a dearth of awards for the next 34 years of her career, but finally, in 1967 she won her second Oscar for Who's Coming To Dinner, then another in 1968 for The Lion In Winter and finally in 1981 for On Golden Pond.

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Here's Something You Didn't Know

You might have been aware of Hepburn's award-laden mantlepiece, but here's something you maybe didn't know: Hepburn did not turn up to collect a single on of her Oscars at the Academy Awards ceremonies.

When questioned about her lack of awards ceremony appearances, Katherine Hepburn famously said: 'Prizes are nothing. My prize is my work.'

Which is, of course, very noble, but we can't help feeling like she might have made a kick-ass speech if she'd taken to the podium.

Which film has won the most Oscars ever?

For the film buffs out there, the film that holds the Guinness world record for the most Oscars won is a three-way tie.

Titanic (1997), Ben-Hur (1959) and Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King (2003) all won 11 Academy Awards.

Titanic's wins didn't include any for Kate Winslet or Leonardo DiCaprio but did score Best Picture and Best Director went to James Cameron. Ben-Hur was triumphant in both Best Actor (Charles Heston) and Best Director, (William Wyler), while the third Lord of the Rings film was also victorious for Best Picture and, Director for Peter Jackson.

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