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Jenika Enoch

There will always be frontrunners in any workplace. It doesn't matter if you work in an office, restaurant, or in Hollywood. The truth is, there will always be those people that some consider to be overachievers, or just plain lucky. In Hollywood, the Academy Awards are easily the most coveted awards environment and even though you may not win, it's still an honor just to be nominated.

For this list, we will focus on which actors and actresses have received the most Oscar-nominations in the history of the Academy. Most of them have won at least once, but not all of them have. Yes, we're looking at you Leonardo. Hopefully luck will change for some of these actors and actresses, but like I said, it's still an honor just to be nominated.

Dustin Hoffman

Nominations: 7

Hoffman kicks off the list with the seemingly lucky #7. He managed to take home the statues for Rain Man (1988) and Kramer vs. Kramer (1979).

Greer Garson

Nominations: 7

Out of her seven nominations, Garson only took home the statue for Best Actress for the 1942 film, Mrs. Miniver.

Jane Fonda

Nominations: 7

Another to win two of the seven, Fonda took home statues for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978).

Robert DeNiro

Nominations: 7

Despite what you might think, DeNiro has also only taken home two of the seven. He won for The Godfather: Part II (1974) and Raging Bull (1980).

Judi Dench

Nominations: 7

This acting legend received nominations all the way up to 2014, but she only managed to take home one statue for Shakespeare in Love (1998).

Richard Burton

Nominations: 7

The only actor on this list to not win a single statue in all his nominations, performance based or honorary, Burton was nominated for films spanning from 1952 - 1977.

Ingrid Bergman

Nominations: 7

Bergman managed to take home three of the seven statues she was eligible for. She won for her roles in Gaslight (1944), Anastasia (1956), and Murder on the Orient Express (1974).

Geraldine Page

Nominations: 8

Page unfortunately only took home one statue for her role in The Trip to Bountiful (1985), but she received eight nominations from 1954 to 1986.

Al Pacino

Nominations: 8

Another fact you might be surprised to learn is the fact that this seasoned actor has only taken home one out of eight eligible statues. Pacino finally took home the statue for Scent of a Woman (1992).

Peter O'Toole

Nominations: 8

Out of eight nominations, O'Toole never technically won a statue for his nominated roles. However, O'Toole did manage to take home an Honorary Oscar statue in 2003.

Jack Lemmon

Nominations: 8

Jack Lemmon was perhaps one of the most recognized and praised actors in film history, but he only won twice out of eight nominations. He took home statues for Mister Roberts (1955) and Save the Tiger (1973).

Marlon Brando

Nominations: 8

Can we just say legendary together? Even so, Brando only took home two statues for On the Waterfront (1954) and The Godfather (1972). He also ruffled a few feathers among the audience with his lack of acceptance for his award for The Godfather.

Spencer Tracy

Nominations: 9

Tracy is of the more classic Hollywood actors on this list, but even with nine nominations, he only managed to win twice. He took home back-to-back statues for Captains Courageous (1937) and Boys Town (1938).

Paul Newman

Nominations: 9

Paul Newman managed to take home one award out of the nine nominations, but in addition to winning for The Color of Money (1986), he took home an Honorary Oscar in 1986 and won the Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Award in 1994.

Laurence Olivier

Nominations: 10

Olivier took home one out of the ten in which he was nominated. He took home the Oscar for Hamlet (1948) and took home two Honorary Oscar statues in 1947 and 1979.

Bette Davis

Nominations: 10

Bette Davis is in the top three actresses for the most nominations, but she only managed to bring home two. She won statues for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938).

Jack Nicholson

Nominations: 12

Jack Nicholson remains to be the only living actor with the most Oscar nominations with a grand total of 12. However, only three have gone home with him. He's won statues for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1974), Terms of Endearment (1983), and As Good As it Gets (1997).

Katharine Hepburn

Nominations: 12

Also raking in an impressive 12 nominations, this Hollywood icon managed to bring home four statues. She won for her roles in Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967), The Lion in Winter (1968), and On Golden Pond (1981).

Meryl Streep

Nominations: 19

Meryl Streep is considered by many to be the greatest living actress in Hollywood. She also has the title of being the only actress in the history of Hollywood to receive 19 nominations. She also managed to break an Oscar dry spell that spanned almost 30 years. Out of the long list of nominations, she has managed to take home three statues for Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Sophie's Choice (1982), and The Iron Lady (2011).


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