Collecting Statues: Most Oscar Nominated Actors of All Time

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Every actor must fantasize about that amazing moment when their name is called and they waltz up onto the stage to accept their Best Actor Oscar in front of millions of adoring fans. Anyone who says they don’t care about awards (maybe Sean Penn and Woody Allen are excluded since they never go to awards shows) is a liar! Actors struggle so much and face so much rejection, it’s no wonder their successes are celebrated as if they’d cured cancer or achieved world peace. Let them have their moment to bask in glory!

In the Best Actor category there are so many ties that we had to go with the top eight Oscar nominated celebs for Best Actor. They’re all talented and well worth the recognition, don’t you think?

5 Robert De Niro (6)

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Everybody’s favorite thespian Robert De Niro is right there with Burton – he has six nominations for Cape Fear, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull (he won), Godfather Part II (won again, for Supporting Actor), Awakenings and The Deer Hunter. Rumor has it he’ll get a seventh nomination for his new flick Silver Linings Playbook so we’ll see.

4 Richard Burton (7)

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This Welshman and hubby of Elizabeth Taylor got nods for things like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Beckett, and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – he never won though so imagine going through that so many times, always going home empty handed! A few of Burton’s nominations were for supporting role, but still – not a bad track record.

3 Marlon Brando; Jack Lemmon; Dustin Hoffman (7)

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Gotta love this trio. Brando was the man, Lemmon could do comedy and drama like a champ, and Hoffman is one of the best there is. Brando won for On the Waterfront and The Godfather and got nominations for A Streetcar Named Desire, Last Tango in Paris and several other mumbly classics. Lemmon’s nominations were for flicks like Days of Wine and Roses and Some Like It Hot. Hoffman won for Rain Man and Kramer vs Kramer and got nominated for classics like The Graduate Midnight Cowboy.

2 Jack Nicholson; Paul Newman; Peter O’Toole (8)

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These three dudes each heard their name called eight times – not too shabby. We all know the awesomeness that Jack Nicholson has created on screen: Five Easy Pieces, Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – it goes on and on. No wonder he’s always courtside at Laker games. Newman was nominated all through his life and he won for The Color of Money. O’Toole was Mr. Lawrence of Arabia and he was also nominated throughout his life – his most recent one was for the 2006 indie flick Venus.

1 Laurence Olivier; Spencer Tracy (9)

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Fancy pants Olivier and down-to-earth Spencer Tracy tie for the most nominations ever. Nine is pretty dang impressive – that’s a lot of love from the Academy. Olivier got nods for films like Alfred Hitchcock’s creepy Rebecca, Wuthering Heights, Henry V, Hamlet (he won!), Othello, and The Boys From Brazil, to name a few. He basically cornered the market on Shakespeare. Spencer Tracy (on and off screen companion of Katharine Hepburn) got nominations for Father of the Bride, Bad Day at Black Rock, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and a bunch of other classics. Take that Clooney!

So let us know if there were any surprises for you, or disappointments. George Clooney? Tom Hanks? They still have time.

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