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The Oscars: Who Has Won the Most Awards For Acting

Discover who are the women with the most Oscars for acting!

Meryl Streep wins an Oscar for Best Actress
Meryl Streep wins an Oscar for Best Actress

Ahead of the 93rd Academy Awards, taking place on April 25, 2021, here’s a look at the talents with the most Oscar wins in history:

Stars like Meryl Streep, 70, seem like they have been winning Oscars since they first came onto the scene. She won her very first Academy Award for her 1979 supporting role in the film Kramer Vs. Kramer, after earning her first nomination for the film The Deer Hunter in 1978. 

In 1982, the acclaimed actress won her second Oscar and first in the Leading Actress category for her role in Sophie’s Choice. Her most recent win came for the 2011 film The Iron Lady, where she won the Leading Actress Oscar for portraying Margaret Thatcher. That makes three wins out of a whopping 21 nominations.

Meryl Streep

However, the celebrated actor with the most Oscars for acting – at the moment – is screen legend, Katharine Hepburn. Before her death in 2003, Katharine was nominated 12 times for an Academy Award, winning four — all of which were in the Leading Actress category. 

Katherine Hepburn won for her roles in Morning Glory, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, The Lion in Winter, and for 1981’s On Golden Pond. Meryl Streep could arguably surpass Katharine for the No. 1 position. 

As of 2021, the only other actress with three Oscar wins is the late Ingrid Bergman. The Casablanca star won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express while winning Best Actress for 1956’s Anastasia and 1944’s Gaslight.

Katherine Hepburn

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