Oscar’s Most-Nominated: Best Actor (Part II)

As I’ve shown over the past two days, there have been many actors that have received a good handful of Oscar nominations. Today I conclude my look back at the actors who received six or more nominations, with most of their nods in the leading category. And as you’ll see, a couple of legendary actors made it into the double-digits! All but two of the actors listed here also won at least one Oscar, with several winning multiple. Overall it’s a pretty stellar list full of Hollywood’s most beloved actors.

Note: This list is in descending order, ending with the actor who’s received the most nominations. Titles that are italicized designate the movies they won an Oscar for and titles marked with an asterisk are for supporting role nominations.

Paul Muni in The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936)

PAUL MUNI (6 nominations, 1 win):
The Valiant
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang
Black Fury
The Story of Louis Pasteur
The Life of Emile Zola
The Last Angry Man

Michael Caine in Alfie (1966)

MICHAEL CAINE (6 nominations, 2 wins):
Educating Rita
Hannah and Her Sisters*
The Cider House Rules*
The Quiet American

Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood (2007)

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (6 nominations, 3 wins):
My Left Foot
In the Name of the Father
Gangs of New York
There Will Be Blood
Phantom Thread

Richard Burton in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

RICHARD BURTON (7 nominations):
My Cousin Rachel*
The Robe
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Anne of the Thousand Days

Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (1980)

ROBERT DE NIRO (7 nominations, 2 wins):
The Godfather: Part II*
Taxi Driver
The Deer Hunter
Raging Bull
Cape Fear
Silver Linings Playbook*

Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

DUSTIN HOFFMAN (7 nominations, 2 wins):
The Graduate
Midnight Cowboy
Kramer vs. Kramer
Rain Main
Wag the Dog

Peter O’Toole in The Stunt Man (1980)

PETER O’TOOLE (8 nominations):
Lawrence of Arabia
The Lion in Winter
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
The Ruling Class
The Stunt Man
My Favorite Year

Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman (1992)

AL PACINO (8 nominations, 1 win):
The Godfather*
The Godfather: Part II
Dog Day Afternoon
…And Justice for All
Dick Tracy*
Glengarry Glen Ross*
Scent of a Woman

Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront (1954)

MARLON BRANDO (8 nominations, 2 wins):
A Streetcar Named Desire
Viva Zapata!
Julius Caesar
On the Waterfront
The Godfather
Last Tango in Paris
A Dry White Season*

Jack Lemmon in Save the Tiger (1973)

JACK LEMMON (8 nominations, 2 wins):
Mister Roberts*
Some Like It Hot
The Apartment
Days of Wine and Roses
Save the Tiger
The China Syndrome

Denzel Washington in Training Day (2001)

DENZEL WASHINGTON (8 nominations, 2 wins):
Cry Freedom*
Malcolm X
The Hurricane
Training Day
Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Paul Newman in The Color of Money (1986)

PAUL NEWMAN (9 nominations, 1 win):
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Hustler
Cool Hand Luke
Absence of Malice
The Verdict
The Color of Money
Nobody’s Fool
Road to Perdition*

Spencer Tracy in Boys Town (1938)

SPENCER TRACY (9 nominations, 2 wins):
San Francisco
Captains Courageous
Boys Town
Father of the Bride
Bad Day at Black Rock
The Old Man and the Sea
Inherit the Wind
Judgment at Nuremberg
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Laurence Olivier in Hamlet (1948)

LAURENCE OLIVIER (10 nominations, 1 win):
Wuthering Heights
Henry V
Richard III
The Entertainer
Marathon Man*
The Boys from Brazil

Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

JACK NICHOLSON (12 nominations, 3 wins):
Easy Rider*
Five Easy Pieces
The Last Detail
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Terms of Endearment*
Prizzi’s Honor
A Few Good Men*
As Good as It Gets
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