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

We’re exactly one week away from the 91st Academy Awards! Today I’m wrapping up my series of posts highlighting the actors and actresses that earned four or more Oscar nominations throughout their careers, concluding with the actresses that received six or more nods. And this last entry boasts a couple of the all-time Oscar records: a performer with the most acting nominations and a performer with the most acting wins. Even without those two iconic stars, this is an all-around impressive list filled with the greatest actresses to grace the screen.

Note: This list is in descending order, ending with the actress 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.

Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity (1953)

DEBORAH KERR (6 nominations):
Edward, My Son*
From Here to Eternity
The King and I
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Separate Tables
The Sundowners

Ellen Burstyn in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

ELLEN BURSTYN (6 nominations, 1 win):
The Last Picture Show*
The Exorcist
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Same Time, Next Year
Requiem for a Dream

Vanessa Redgrave in Morgan! (1966)

VANESSA REDGRAVE (6 nominations, 1 win):
Mary, Queen of Scots
The Bostonians
Howards End*

Norma Shearer in The Divorcee (1930)

NORMA SHEARER (6 nominations, 1 win):
Their Own Desire
The Divorcee
A Free Soul
The Barretts of Wimpole Street
Romeo and Juliet
Marie Antoinette

Sissy Spacek in Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)

SISSY SPACEK (6 nominations, 1 win):
Coal Miner’s Daughter
The River
Crimes of the Heart
In the Bedroom

Jessica Lange in Blue Sky (1994)

JESSICA LANGE (6 nominations, 2 wins):
Sweet Dreams
Music Box
Blue Sky

Glenn Close in The Wife (2017)

GLENN CLOSE (7 nominations):
The World According to Garp*
The Big Chill*
The Natural*
Fatal Attraction
Dangerous Liaisons
Albert Nobbs
The Wife

Judi Dench in Philomena (2013)

JUDI DENCH (7 nominations, 1 win):
Mrs Brown
Shakespeare in Love*
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Notes on a Scandal

Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver (1942)

GREER GARSON (7 nominations, 1 win):
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Blossoms in the Dust
Mrs. Miniver
Madame Curie
Mrs. Parkington
The Valley of Decision
Sunrise at Campobello

Kate Winslet in The Reader (2008)

KATE WINSLET (7 nominations, 1 win):
Sense and Sensibility*
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Little Children
The Reader
Steve Jobs*

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (2013)

CATE BLANCHETT (7 nominations, 2 wins):
The Aviator*
Notes on a Scandal*
I’m Not There*
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
Blue Jasmine

Jane Fonda in Klute (1971)

JANE FONDA (7 nominations, 2 wins):
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Coming Home
The China Syndrome
On Golden Pond*
The Morning After

Ingrid Bergman in Gaslight (1944)

INGRID BERGMAN (7 nominations, 3 wins):
For Whom the Bell Tolls
The Bells of St. Mary’s
Joan of Arc
Murder on the Orient Express*
Autumn Sonata

Geraldine Page in The Trip to Bountiful (1985)

GERALDINE PAGE (8 nominations, 1 win):
Summer and Smoke
Sweet Bird of Youth
You’re a Big Boy Now*
Pete ‘n’ Tillie*
The Pope of Greenwich Village*
The Trip to Bountiful

Bette Davis in Jezebel (1938)

BETTE DAVIS (11 nominations, 2 wins):
Of Human Bondage
Dark Victory
The Letter
The Little Foxes
Now, Voyager
Mr. Skeffington
All About Eve
The Star
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Katharine Hepburn in The Lion in Winter (1968)

KATHARINE HEPBURN (12 nominations, 4 wins):
Morning Glory
Alice Adams
The Philadelphia Story
Woman of the Year
The African Queen
The Rainmaker
Suddenly, Last Summer
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
The Lion in Winter
On Golden Pond

Meryl Streep in Sophie’s Choice (1982)

MERYL STREEP (21 nominations, 3 wins):
The Deer Hunter*
Kramer vs. Kramer*
The French Lieutenant’s Woman
Sophie’s Choice
Out of Africa
A Cry in the Dark
Postcards from the Edge
The Bridges of Madison County
One True Thing
Music of the Heart
The Devil Wears Prada
Julie & Julia
The Iron Lady
August: Osage County
Into the Woods*
Florence Foster Jenkins
The Post

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