12 Most Oscar-Nominated Actors of All Time

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These actors have earned the most Oscars nominations of all time.

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Meryl Streep at an event for The 84th Annual Academy Awards (2012)
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Katharine Hepburn in Summertime (1955)

Katharine Hepburn

Nominations: 12 Wins: 4

Details: Morning Glory 1933 (won), Alice Adams 1936, The Philadelphia Story 1941, Woman of the Year 1943, The African Queen 1952, Summertime 1956, The Rainmaker 1957, Suddenly, Last Summer 1960, Long Day's Journey Into Night 1963, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 1968 (won), The Lion in Winter 1969 (won), On Golden Pond 1982 (won)

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Jack Nicholson at an event for The 48th Annual Academy Awards (1976)

Jack Nicholson

Nominations: 12 Wins: 3

Details: Easy Rider 1970, Five Easy Pieces 1971, The Last Detail 1974, Chinatown 1975, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1976 (won), Reds 1981, Terms of Endearment 1984 (won), Prizzi's Honor 1986, Ironweed 1988, A Few Good Men 1993, As Good as It Gets 1997 (won), About Schmidt 2002

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Bette Davis in Dangerous (1935)

Bette Davis

Nominations: 10 Wins: 2

Details: Of Human Bondage 1935, Dangerous 1936 (won), Jezebel 1939 (won), Dark Victory 1940, The Letter 1941, The Little Foxes 1942, Now, Voyager 1943, Mr. Skeffington 1945, All About Eve 1951, The Star 1953, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1963

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Sir Laurence Olivier, one of the presenters of the 1959 Oscar ceremony, receives an Honorary Oscar in 1979.

Laurence Olivier

Nominations: 10 Wins: 1

Details:Wuthering Heights 1940, Rebecca 1941, Henry V 1947, Hamlet 1949 (won), Richard III 1957, The Entertainer 1961, Othello 1966, Sleuth 1973, Marathon Man 1977, The Boys from Brazil 1979

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Paul Newman in The Color of Money (1986)
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Marlon Brando and Bob Hope

Marlon Brando

Nominations: 8 Wins: 2

Details: A Streetcar Named Desire 1952, Viva Zapata! 1953, Julius Caesar 1954, On the Waterfront 1955 (won), Sayonara 1958, The Godfather 1973 (won), Last Tango in Paris 1974, A Dry White Season 1990

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Jack Lemmon in Mister Roberts (1955)

Jack Lemmon

Nominations: 8 Wins: 2

Details: Mr. Roberts 1955 (won), Some Like It Hot 1960, The Apartment 1961, Days of Wine and Roses 1963, Save the Tiger 1974 (won), The China Syndrome 1980, Tribute 1981, Missing 1982

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Al Pacino at an event for The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993)

Al Pacino

Nominations: 8 Wins: 1

Details: The Godfather 1973, Serpico 1974, The Godfather: Part II 1975, Dog Day Afternoon 1976, ...and justice for all. 1980, Dick Tracy 1991, Glengarry Glen Ross 1993, Scent of a Woman 1993 (won)

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John Wayne and Geraldine Page in Hondo (1953)
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Peter O'Toole in The Stunt Man (1980)

Peter O'Toole

Nominations: 8 Wins: 0

Details: Lawrence of Arabia 1963, Becket 1965, The Lion in Winter 1969, Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1970, The Ruling Class 1973, The Stunt Man, My Favorite Year 1983, Venus 2007