Celebrities Who Have Won 2 or More Oscars

Oscar is the most prestigious award in the film industry.

To earn an Oscar nomination is a lifetime dream of our superstars. While most of our stars are happy just to be nominated, there are few who have managed to earn the award not only once, but TWICE! These lucky actors and actresses have worked extremely hard to earn the milestone.

From the likes of Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks to our gorgeous superstar Hilary Swank – this list won’t disappoint you.

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#1 Jack Nicholson – ( 3 Time Oscar Winner )

Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee.

1. 1976 in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for Best Actor in a Leading Role

2. 1984 in Terms of Endearment for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

3. 1998 in As Good as It Gets for Best Actor in a Leading Role

#2 Daniel Day-Lewis – ( 3 Time Oscar Winner )

Daniel made his film debut in Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), but then acted on stage with the Bristol Old Vic and Royal Shakespeare Companies and did not appear on screen again until 1982 when he landed his first adult role, a bit part in Gandhi (1982)

1. 1990 in My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown for Best Actor in a Leading Role

2. 2008 in There Will Be Blood for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

3. 2013 in Lincoln for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

#3 Meryl Streep – (3 Time Oscar Winner)

Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times.

1. 1980 in Kramer vs. Kramer for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

2. 1983 in Sophie's Choice for Best Actress in a Leading Role

3. 2012 in The Iron Lady for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

#4 Robert De Niro – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

De Niro has earned four Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for his work in New York, New York (1977), opposite Liza Minnelli, Midnight Run (1988), Analyze This (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000). Other notable performances include Brazil (1985), The Untouchables (1987), Backdraft (1991), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), Heat (1995), Casino (1995) and Jackie Brown (1997).

1. 1975 in The Godfather: Part II for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

2. 1981 in Raging Bull for Best Actor in a Leading Role

#5 Denzel Washington – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

His first paid acting role was in a summer stock theatre stage production in St. Mary's City, Maryland. The play was "Wings of the Morning", which is about the founding of the colony of Maryland (now the state of Maryland) and the early days of the Maryland colonial assembly (a legislative body).

1. 1990 in Glory for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

2. 2002 in Training Day for Best Actor in a Leading Role

#6 Tom Hanks – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

He has no acting experience in college and credits the fact that he could not get cast in a college play with actually starting his career. He went downtown, and auditioned for a community theatre play, was invited by the director of that play to go to Cleveland, and there his acting career started.

1. 1994 in Philadelphia for Best Actor in a Leading Role

2. 1995 in Forrest Gump for Best Actor in a Leading Role

#7 Sally Field – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

Her acting career began in 1965 when she landed the role of Frances Elizabeth 'Gidget' Lawrence in Gidget (1965); it was cancelled after only one season because of bad ratings. She went on to star in The Flying Nun (1967), which ran for three seasons.

1. 1980 in Norma Rae for Best Actress in a Leading Role

2. 1985 in Places in the Heart for Best Actress in a Leading Role

#8 Hilary Swank – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

Hilary was discovered as a child by producer Suzy Sachs, who coached her in acting. When she was nine years old, she starred in her first play as "Mowgli" in "The Jungle Book". She began to appear regularly in local theatre and school plays. She went to school in Bellingham, where she lived with her family until she was 16.

1. 2000 in Boys Don't Cry for Best Actress in a Leading Role

2. 2005 in Million Dollar Baby for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

#9 Kevin Spacey – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

His other starring roles have included the comedy-drama film Swimming with Sharks (1994), psychological thriller Seven (1995), the neo-noir crime film L.A. Confidential (1997), the drama Pay It Forward (2000), the science fiction-mystery film K-PAX (2001)

1. 1996 in The Usual Suspects for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

2. 2000 in American Beauty for Best Actor in a Leading Role

#10 Christoph Waltz – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

During the 80s, Christoph worked primarily in theatre, commuting from his home in London to Germany. Slowly he began to work in TV, taking one-off roles on series, and TV movies. Film roles soon followed, however, attempts to break into English-speaking film and a TV was unsuccessful.

1. 2010 in Inglourious Basterds for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

2. 2013 in Django Unchained for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

#11 Gene Hackman – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

He worked in a number of menial jobs before studying journalism and television production on the G.I. Bill at the University of Illinois. Hackman would be over 30 years old when he finally decided to take his chance at acting by enrolling at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.

1. 1972 in The French Connection for Best Actor in a Leading Role

2. 1993 in Best Actor in Unforgiven for a Supporting Role

#12 Elizabeth Taylor – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

The first production she made with that studio was Lassie Come Home (1943), and on the strength of that one film, MGM signed her for a full year. She had minuscule parts in her next two films, The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) and Jane Eyre (1943) (the former made while she was on loan to 20th Century-Fox).

1. 1961 in Butterfield 8 for Best Actress in a Leading Role

2. 1967 in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for Best Actress in a Leading Role

#13 Dustin Hoffman – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

He took an acting course because he was told that "nobody flunks acting." Also received some training at Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Decided to go into acting because he did not want to work or go into the service. Trained at The Pasadena Playhouse for two years.

1. 1980 in Kramer vs. Kramer for Best Actor in a Leading Role

2. 1989 in Rain Man for Best Actor in a Leading Role

#14 Jane Fonda – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

Her professional success contrasted with her personal life, which was often laden with scandal and controversy. Her appearance in several risqué movies (including Barbarella (1968)) by then-husband Roger Vadim was followed by what was to become her most debated and controversial period: her espousal of anti-establishment causes and especially her anti-war activities during the Vietnam War.

1. 1972 in Klute for Best Actress in a Leading Role

2. 1979 in Coming Home for Best Actress in a Leading Role

#15 Dianne Wiest – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

Dianne's original ambition was to be a ballerina, but she was bitten by the acting bug after some stage work, most notably playing Desdemona to James Earl Jones' Othello on Broadway.

1. 1987 in Hannah and Her Sisters for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

2. 1995 in Bullets Over Broadway for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

#16 Maggie Smith – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

Maggie Smith's career began at the Oxford Playhouse in the 1950s. She made her film debut in 1956 as one of the party guests in Child in the House (1956). She has since performed in over sixty films and television series with some of the most prominent actors and actresses in the world.

1. 1970 in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for Best Actress in a Leading Role

2. 1979 in California Suite for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

#17 Jessica Lange – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

She starts working in New York as a model until producer Dino De Laurentiis cast her as the female lead in King Kong (1976). The film attracted much unfavorable comment and, as a result, Lange was off the screen for three years.

1. 1983 in Tootsie for Best Actress in a Supporting Role

2. 1995 in Blue Sky for Best Actress in a Leading Role

#18 Jodie Foster – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

Jodie first drew attention from critics with her appearance in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976) alongside Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel, where she played a prostitute at the tender age of 12 (she was 13 when the movie premiered) and received her first Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actress.

1. 1989 in The Accused for Best Actress in a Leading Role

2. 1992 in The Silence of the Lambs for Best Actress in a Leading Role

#19 Michael Caine – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

He adopted the name of Caine on the advice of his agent, taking it from a marquee that advertised The Caine Mutiny (1954). In the years that followed, he worked in more than 100 television dramas, with repertory companies throughout England and eventually in the stage hit "The Long and the Short and the Tall".

1. 1987 in Hannah and Her Sisters for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

2. 2000 in The Cider House Rules for Best Actor in a Supporting Role

#20 Cate Blanchett – ( 2 Time Oscar Winner )

On graduating from NIDA, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls", then played Felice Bauer, the bride, in Tim Daly's "Kafka Dances", winning the 1993 Newcomer Award from the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle for her performance. From there, Blanchett moved to the role of Carol in David Mamet's searing polemic "Oleanna", also for the Sydney Theatre Company, and won the Rosemont Best Actress Award, her second award that year.

1. 2005 in The Aviator for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2. 2014 in Blue Jasmine for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

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