Movies with the most Oscar nominations and their wins as of 2019

The movie with the most Oscar nominations in the world as of 2019 is James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster ‘Titanic’, having been nominated for an Academy Award 14 times. The film also features in several lists of most successful movies at the box office. ‘Titanic’ earned almost 2.19 billion U.S. dollars in box office revenue worldwide and was the highest-grossing motion picture of all time until 2009 when ‘Avatar’ (also directed by James Cameron) was released and snatched the top spot. ‘Titanic’ won 11 Academy Awards and its 14 nominations were matched only by two other feature films, ‘All About Eve’ and ‘La La Land’.

Films with multiple nominations but few wins

Several movies released over the last century have received multiple Academy Award nominations but struggled to secure wins. For example, Peter Jackson’s ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’ won just four Oscars despite being acclaimed by critics and receiving an impressive 13 nominations.

Similarly, Elia Kazan’s 1951 film adaptation of Tennessee William’s play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ was nominated 12 times, but again won only four awards. Kazan was nominated for ‘Best Director’ but failed to win the award, and although Marlon Brando was put forward for the award of ‘Best Actor’, he lost out to Humphrey Bogart, who won the Oscar for his role in ‘The African Queen’. However, Vivien Leigh won ‘Best Actress’ for her portrayal of Blanche DuBois.

Other movies such as ‘Lincoln’, ‘Johnny Belinda’ and ‘Becket’ were also nominated 12 times, but received just one Oscar each.

Exploring genres

Whilst several films in the list are matched in terms of genre, ultimately the subject matter and style of a movie seem to have little bearing on the likelihood of being nominated for an Oscar. For example, Robert Zemeckis’ ‘Forrest Gump’ received 13 nominations, the same as ‘Chicago’ and ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’, and 1959 epic ‘Ben-Hur’ and ‘My Fair Lady’ were both nominated 12 times.

Movies with the most Academy Awards nominations of all time and their wins as of 2019

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Release date

February 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1929 to 2019

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