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

Natasha Bird
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When it comes to the winner of most Oscars for acting ever, you might be surprised to learn who sits top of the list.

Plenty of incredible actors have since joined the MAA (Multiple Academy Awards) ranks in recent years. Mahershala Ali, for example, took home Oscar number two in 2019, 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.

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Two academy awards on the mantle piece is meagre fare though, when you compare it to the successes of some actors in history. And it might interest you to find out who has the most golden statues of all time, as it's probably not who you think it is.

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 (which take place this weekend on April 25, 2021) 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 Acting 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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