The Oscars are probably the most prestigious set of awards in the world. Walking up to the daïs to receive the golden statuette, in front of 1000s of revered artists and 50 million viewers worldwide, it would be quite surprising if there’d be anything on your mind at that moment. Though one may question Hollywood’s decline and the criteria adopted by the jury, you cannot help but admit that it is the most publicized recognition, an artist can ever dream of. First presented in 1929, it remains the oldest worldwide entertainment awards ceremony, with the likes of Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards being modeled after it. The winners along with the nominees include the most respected and celebrated artists who grace that particular year with their talent, and it would be harsh to truly label one as better than the other. On numerous occasions, many artists have been awarded with more than one Academy Award for their efforts. 40 actors and actresses including the likes of Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro, Cate Blanchett and Jessica Lange have achieved this feat.
However, there are 6 special artists who have held the golden statuette in their hands on three or more nights, and in the process claimed their authority over the industry with their unparalleled acting prowess. I will not be considering actors who have been acknowledged with The Academy Honorary Award for this list. Here is the list of actors who have won 3 or more Oscars:
6. Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan is probably the least known actor on the list and I had never come across a single movie of his until recently. It maybe due to the fact that his finest period was in the 30s and 40s as a very diligent supporting actor. He was the first actor to win 3 Academy Awards and astonishingly achieved this feat in only 5 years. He played a supporting role in all of them; ‘Come And Get It’ in 1936, ‘Kentucky’ in 1938, ‘The Westerner’ in 1940 and was nominated for ‘Sergeant York’ in the following year. He was known for playing older characters, and also for his transformations, which were considered quite spectacular in those days.
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5. Ingrid Bergman