Hollywood Personalities With the Most Oscar Awards
Mon, April 19, 2021

Hollywood Personalities With the Most Oscar Awards

Walt Disney is one of the Oscar award-winning Hollywood personalities who have risen to the top for the effort and love they put into their artistry. / Photo by: sarangib via Pixabay

 

The filmmaking industry is filled with many talented people. From directors and actors to special effects artists, sound designers, composers, and animators, the well-oiled nature of the industry is thanks to the cooperation of all of them. Some manage to stand out more than the rest, though, and their contributions are often remembered and celebrated throughout their lifetime. 

Here are some Oscar award-winning Hollywood personalities who have risen to the top for the effort and love they put into their artistry. 

Walt Disney

Oscar count: 26

It comes as no surprise that someone like Walt Disney would be the one to bag so many Oscars. According to Good Housekeeping, a leading lifestyle media brand, on top of winning an already impressive 26 Academy Awards, he was also considered for many Academy Award categories, garnering about 59 nominations in his lifetime. Disney was, of course, one of the many pioneers during which animation was just beginning to gain traction. 

Time Magazine writes that his recognition for this many awards also made him the first prominent Hollywood figure to dominate the Best Animated Film category. His peak came around between 1932 and 1969, during which his works were “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Ugly Duckling,” and a posthumous win for “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.” 

Cedric Gibbons

Oscar count: 11 

It’s easy to see why Cedric Gibbons follows Walt Disney when you realize the enormity of his contributions to the industry. According to Good Housekeeping, “he was one of the original founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences formed in 1927.” It’s also his works that truly shaped a fledgling Hollywood.

 

Cedric Gibbons was one of the original founding members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences formed in 1927. / Photo by: Downtowngal via Wikimedia Commons

 

Alfred Newman

Oscar count: 9

For his part, Newman’s wins are thanks to his gorgeous scores on films like “Camelot,” “The King and I,” and “The Song of Bernadette.” According to celebrity and entertainment news source Cheat Sheet, his heyday was around 1938 to 1967. He was also nominated almost as many times as Walt Disney was--an impressive 43 times. In the Academy Awards, even a nomination is an honor, as it shows that critics can see you going head to head with other actors and actresses around you. 

Interestingly, his most famous work lay a little outside the filmmaking world, it’s the music that comes on in the 20th Century Fox productions. 

Dennis Muren 

Oscar count: 9 

We may not know him by face, but Dennis Muren is one of the many pioneers of advanced technologies and leaps in the world of special effects. He previously worked on the cult classic “Star Wars,” which at the time only used cardboard sets and not much else. The fact that he managed to make it work even then is a testament to his skill and dedication to the craft. 

Good Housekeeping reports that Muren would also go on to be one of the first to advocate for CGI technology for movies like “Terminator 2” and “Jurassic Park,” the latter another amazing look at the humble beginnings of CGI. 

Edith Head

Oscar count: 8 

Another memorable film personality is costume designer Edith Head, who Cheat Sheet writes got her first win as a costume designer for “The Heiress” of 1949. Her elaborate designs made her legendary and the list of actors and actresses she’s worked with shows just how big her influence was in the industry. She’s worked with Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, and many others. 

A designer at heart, Edith also had a very distinct and memorable look--signature thick-framed glasses. Her final win was for “The Sting” in 1973. 

Alan Menken

Oscar count: 8

Menken’s eight Oscars are thanks to his wins in the Best Score and Best Song categories. Over the years, he’s worked to bring Disney movies to life and make sure they are as amazing and magical as the brand itself. He’s worked on “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” and “Tangled,” all of which are very memorable and successful Disney movies. 

His talent has led him to cross over to the Grammy stage, too, where he was awarded 11 Grammys. Talk about talent! 

Rick Baker

Oscar count: 7

With seven Academy Awards under his belt, Baker is credited for “elevating American movies with his special effects art.” His resume includes work on the “Star Wars” movies, too, like Muren, but he’s also worked on other projects such as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Planet of the Apes.” His heart was never really separated from his craft even in retirement, which he spends by sharing his work with his fans through Instagram. 

Katharine Hepburn

Oscar count: 4

Finally, and most impressively, is Katharine Hepburn, who is the only person who has ever won 4 Academy Awards. According to Cheat Sheet, her wins were from “Morning Glory” in 1933, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” in 1967, “The Lion in Water” of 1968, and “On Golden Pond” in 1981. What’s even more interesting is the fact that Hepburn herself didn’t show up to any of these awards. She didn’t understand what the fuss was about and so she was famous for winning the most Academy Awards as well not showing up for any of them.