Thursday, January 19, 2017

Meryl Streep Joins Elite Club of Oscar Nominees with 20th bid

Streep's leading turn as the titular "Florence Foster Jenkins" could reap her a record-setting 20th Oscar nomination for acting.

An Oscar nomination is the ultimate distinction for achievement in film anyone would love to earn. It's not unusual to see people get two Oscar nominations in one year, sometimes, for the true auteur, even three.

Over the first nine decades of its award ceremonies dozens of records and milestones have been made in regard to wins and nominations, one of the most noticeable is Meryl Streep earning 20 nominations for acting, the most for any thespian. Her three wins - best actress in 1982 and 2011 and supporting actress in 1979 - ties her among a handful of other performers with three acting wins, but one less than was earned by the ultimate acting winner Katharine Hepburn.

With her 20th nomination for "Florence Foster Jenkins" this year, she joins an elite list of people who have earned 20 or more Oscar nominations. Streep, however, would not be the first woman to chalk up that many nominations. Edith Head earned 35 nominations and eight wins for her costume designs from 1948 to 1977.

Walt Disney is the person who has earn the most wins and nominations of any person in history: 59 nominations and 22 wins. Disney's wins were stretched among animated films and documentary subjects. The runner up is composer John Williams with five wins from 50 nominations, receiving his latest nomination last year for his original score for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

While everyone who has earned at least 20 nominations has earned, at minimum, three wins, for their efforts, sound mixer Kevin O'Connell and composer Victor Young only won one time each. Connell's luck changed this year after winning on his 21st nod for his sound mixing efforts on "Hacksaw Ridge". Young's win came posthumously with his 1956 score for "Around the World in 80 Days." He was also nominated that year for the original titular song to "Written on the Wind."

Check out who else has earned 20 or more Oscar nominations below. 

(Nominations noted by year/category. Years in which an award was won is highlighted, with concurrent nominations in a category that year noted, not highlighted.)

Walt Disney, 59 nominations/22 wins (plus special awards):
Picture- 1964
Short subject (cartoon)- 1931/32, 1931/32, 1932/33, 1932/33, 1934, 1935, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1938 (x3), 1939, 1939, 1941, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947 (x2), 1948 (x2), 1949, 1951, 1953, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1968
Short subject (two-reel)- 1948, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 
Short subject (live action)- 1958, 1959, 1960
Documentary- 1942 (x2), 1953, 1954
Documentary (short subject)- 1953, 1955, 1959
Irving G. Thalberg Award- 1941
Special Awards- 1931/32, 1938, 1941

John Williams, 50 nominations/5 wins
Original (Dramatic) Score- 1969, 1972 (x2), 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984 (x2), 1987 (x2), 1988, 1989 (x2), 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 (x2), 2002, 2004, 2005 (x2), 2011 (x2), 2012, 2013, 2015
Original (Musical/Comedy) Score- 1995
Score (adaptation or treatment)- 1967, 1971, 1973
Score (musical)- 1969
Original song- 1973, 1982, 1990, 1991, 1995, 

Alfred Newman, 45 nominations/9 wins
Original Score- 1937 (as head of Samuel Goldwyn Studio Music Department), 1938, 1939 (x2), 1940, 1941 (x2), 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1955, 1956, 1959,
Scoring- 1938, 1938, 1939 (x2), 1940, 1942, 1963, 1965
Score (adaptation/treatment)- 1967
Scoring (musical picture)- 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1961
Original song- 1949, 1959

Cedric Gibbons, 38 nominations/11 wins
Art Direction- 1928/29, 1932/33, 1934, 1936 (x2), 1937, 1938, 1939
Art Direction (B&W)- 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 (x2), 1956
Art Direction (Color)- 1941, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1951, 1952, 1953 (x3), 1954, 1956

Edith Head, 35 nominations/8 wins:
Costume Design (color)- 1948, 1950, 1952, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966,
Costume Design (B&W)- 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963 (x2), 1964, 1965.
Costume Design- 1957, 1958, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1977

Sammy Cahn, 26 nominations/4 wins:
Original Song- 1942, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955 (x2), 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964 (x2), 1967, 1968, 1973, 1975, 

Woody Allen, 24 nominations/4 wins:
Actor- 1977
Director- 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2011, 
Original Screenplay- 1977, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2011, 2013

Victor Young, 22 nominations/1 win:
Original Score- 1938 (x2) 1939 (x3), 1940 (x2), 1942 (x3), 1943, 1945, 1948, 1950, 1956
Scoring- 1939, 1940
Score (dramatic picture)- 1941
Scoring (musical picture)- 1948


Original song- 1945, 1949, 1956

Billy Wilder, 21 nominations/6 wins:
Picture- 1960,
Director- 1944, 1945, 1950, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1960
Screenplay- 1939, 1941, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1954, 1960
Story- 1941
Original Screenplay- 1950, 1951, 1966
Adapted Screenplay- 1959
Irving G. Thalberg Award- 1987

Kevin O'Connell, 21 nominations/1 win:
Sound (Mixing)- 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996 (x2), 1997, 1998 (x2), 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2016

Max Steiner, 20 nominations/3 wins:

Original Score- 1934 (x2), 1935 (as head of RKO Studio Music Department), 1936 (x2), 1937, 1938, 1939 (x2) 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955
Scoring (musical picture)- 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952
Note: Nominations though 1937 were attributed to his leading various studio music departments as its director, not so much him being the sole composer. Therefore, six of his nominations were not personally his.

Meryl Streep, 20 nominations/3 wins:
Actress- 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016
Supporting Actress- 1978, 1979, 2002, 2014


Note: All nominations were researched through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards database.

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