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Awards season is upon us again and as usual all the biggest movie stars are starting to do their press tours around the world to promote their Oscar-bait movies. Many will be desperately hoping for just an Academy Award nomination; not just for the prestige that such a nomination can bring, but also so they can pull up to the Kodak Theatre on Oscar night in a fabulous limousine while sporting their Oscar De La Renta gowns and walk the red carpet! Being seen around the world at the Oscars is the ultimate in PR! For many actors and actresses, winning the award actually comes secondary and for those that are nominated multiple times, surely the whole process must get tiring?

Always the Bridesmaid…

Most nominees only win one award in their careers; it’s a highly competitive playing field with a limited chance to shine. Some get nominated multiple times but never actually win: Glenn Close has been nominated six times and Peter O Toole eight times without ever actually winning! But Glenn should count herself lucky to be there at all as some actors are still yet to score a nomination; Donald Sutherland, anyone?

Running Out of Space

And then there are those that you’d imagine have run out of space on their mantelpiece for the number of awards they win! Plenty of stars have won the Academy Award twice; Bette Davis, Robert DeNiro, Jane Fonda, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn, Hilary Swank and Elizabeth Taylor, to name just a few, have pulled off the rare feat of having their name called and walked up to the podium on two occasions.

But there is also an elite club that has three or more Academy Awards; Walter Brennan, Ingrid Bergman, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep have all received an impressive three Academy Awards to date.

The Ultimate Champion

So, who’s won the most Oscars for acting? The winner – more times than anybody else – is Katharine Hepburn, with an astounding four Oscars for best actress in a leading role. Wins for Morning Glory (1933), Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? (1967), The Lion In Winter (1968) and On Golden Pond (1981) cemented her place in the firmament.

Sure, there are actors that have received more nominations than Hepburn (Meryl Streep is the current record holder with 17 nominations), but Hepburn’s gold men sure look fine on her mantelpiece!

So what are the Academy Awards all about? Is it recognising brilliance in film? Or is it an excuse to be the belle of the ball for one night only, and live the dream with a stretch limousine and the full red carpet treatment? Whether you believe the Oscars celebrate excellence or whether it’s all just a bit of fun, I for one will be glued to my TV screen on Oscar night!

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