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Top 20 most Oscar-winning films of all time

46% of people are more likely to watch a film if it has been nominated for an award.

With the 94th Academy Awards happening on March 27th, USDish wanted to share with you the data that we cracked of the most nominated films of all time. We analyzed every movie (57,960 data points, to be exact) that has ever been nominated by these five prestigious awarding bodies:

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  • Oscars
  • Golden Globes
  • BAFTA
  • Critics’ Choice Awards
  • SAG Awards

Methodology

In order to figure out which films received the most nominations, the USDish team gathered data from five different awards organizations: the Academy Awards (Oscars), the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), and the Critics Choice Awards. The information and conclusions in this article are based solely on data from only these five organizations.

Here’s how that data came into play:

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  • Our researchers analyzed a total of 57,960 data points to determine which films received the most award nominations up to the year 2019.
  • After cleaning the data up a bit, we separated it by category (Movies, Awards, Total Nominations, Total Wins, Percent of Awards Won), then made an overall count of which films had gathered the most award nominations based on our criteria.
  • Note: It is possible that certain films on the list may have accumulated more award nominations, as there exist several more prestigious awards organizations outside of the ones we chose. However, these organizations often have different types of movies in their nomination pools than those honored by our core five (e.g. Sundance awards small budget, independent films before they’re acquired by a production company). Inconsistencies in the data may have resulted, which is why we gathered data from only five major organizations.

During our research, we found the following interesting points:

  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Stone are each in 3 of the 20 movies listed.
  • It seems like Hollywood likes to toot their own horn: 5 out of the 20 most nominated films are based on Hollywood.
  • 85% of the films on the list were made after 2000, and 60% were made after 2010.
  • La La Land (2016) won 58% of the awards it was nominated for, making it the film that won the highest percentage of awards.
  • On average, movies win 35% of their nominations.
Golden Globes Critic’s Choice SAG BAFTA Oscars
Film Rotten Tomatoes Score IMDB Scores Awards Nominations -GG Awards Nominations- Critics Choice Awaward Awards Nominations – sag Awards Nominations – BAFTA Awards Nominations total –
awards
total nominations
Percent of Awards won
The King’s Speech (2010) 94% 8.0 1 7 1 8 2 4 7 14 4 12 15 45 33%
La La Land (2016) 91% 8.0 7 7 7 10 1 2 4 10 6 14 25 43 58%
The Shape of Water (2017) 92% 7.3 2 7 4 10 0 2 2 11 4 13 12 43 28%
Lincoln (2012) 89% 7.3 1 7 2 10 2 4 1 10 2 12 8 43 19%
The Artist (2011) 95% 7.9 3 6 4 9 1 3 7 12 5 10 20 40 50%
Shakespeare in Love (1998) 92% 7.1 3 6 0 1 2 5 4 15 7 13 16 40 40%
Chicago (2002) 86% 7.2 3 8 2 2 3 5 2 12 6 13 16 40 40%
12 Years a Slave (2013) 95% 8.1 1 7 1 10 1 4 2 10 3 9 8 40 20%
Titanic (1997) 89% 7.9 4 8 1 2 0 3 0 10 12 16 17 39 44%
Birdman (2014) 91% 7.7 2 6 7 13 1 4 1 7 4 9 15 39 38%
The Favourite (2018) 93% 7.5 1 4 2 11 0 2 7 12 1 10 11 39 28%
The English Patient (1996) 85% 7.4 2 7 1 2 0 4 6 13 9 12 18 38 47%
The Aviator (2004) 86% 7.5 3 6 2 4 1 3 4 14 5 11 15 38 39%
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 71% 7.8 0 5 0 6 0 3 3 11 3 13 6 38 16%
Gravity (2013) 96% 7.7 1 4 7 11 0 1 6 11 7 10 21 37 57%
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) 85% 7.6 2 5 2 9 1 4 1 9 2 10 8 37 22%
Gladiator (2000) 77% 8.5 2 5 3 3 0 3 4 13 5 12 14 36 39%
Les Misérables (2012) 70% 7.6 3 4 0 9 1 4 4 10 3 8 11 35 31%
The Hours (2002) 79% 7.5 2 7 0 4 0 4 2 11 1 9 5 35 14%
Mank (2020) 83% 6.8 0 6 0 12 0 1 1 6 2 10 3 35 8.57%
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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and TV Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board as a chief organizer of the Television Critics Association’s press tours, held twice a year in Beverly Hills and Pasadena. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and the Desert Aids Project, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been an active member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.