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Most Decorated Golden Globe Winners of All Time

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Hollywood is counting down the days until the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on Jan. 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif. In recognizing the year’s finest acting in film and television, the ceremony often highlights some of the industry’s most talented up-and-comers, including 15-year-old Elsie Fisher and 22-year-old Lucas Hedges.

Of course, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) – the organization behind the event – recognizes also the work of accomplished actors who have longer, more established careers. For instance, Nicole Kidman, who has previously won four Golden Globe awards, is nominated once again this year for her performance in “Destroyer.”

If she wins this year, Kidman will join an exclusive group of actors who have procured at least five competitive Golden Globe awards. Since the event began in the early 1940s, only 20 entertainers have managed to accomplish this feat.

As only a limited number of Golden Globe awards are available each year, the actors who have won the most awards generally have had long and active careers. Angela Lansbury won her first Golden Globe in 1946 for her role in “The Picture Of Dorian Gray.” Her most recent win came 46 years later for her work on “Murder, She Wrote.”

While Lansbury’s most recent nomination was in 1995, others among the most decorated Golden Globe winners have been more active in increasing their number of wins. Meryl Streep’s most recent win was in 2012, and she was nominated as recently as last year for her performance in “The Post.” She was also awarded the Cecil B. deMille Award in 2017, which honors the entire body of work of a “distinguished entertainment professional.”

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To identify the most decorated Golden Globe winners of all time, 24/7 Wall St. listed the individuals who have won the most competitive Golden Globe awards. Special achievement awards that did not require a nomination were not included in our calculations. The number of nominations; whether an individual was the recipient of a special achievement award; and the length of a given person’s career were used to break ties. All Golden Globe data come from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Information including credits and the work an individual is most known for came from online movie database IMDb.com.

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20. Rock Hudson
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 0 nominations
> First win: Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites), 1959
> Known for: Giant; Come September; Pillow Talk
> Acting credits: 75

Rock Hudson became a major star and heartthrob in the 1950s and 1960s, pairing with Doris Day in light comedies such as “Pillow Talk,” “Lover Come Back,” and “Send Me No Flowers.” He demonstrated his dramatic ability in films such as “Magnificent Obsession” and “Giant.” Hudson won five Golden Globe Henrietta Awards (World Film Favorites).

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19. Gregory Peck
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 3 nominations
> First win: Actor In A Leading Role, 1947
> Known for: To Kill a Mockingbird; Roman Holiday; Gentleman’s Agreement
> Acting credits: 60

Gregory Peck built a storied career by portraying deeply principled characters (in films such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Gentleman’s Agreement”) as well as historical figures (in “MacArthur” and Dr. Josef Mengele in “The Boys from Brazil”). Among Peck’s Golden Globe wins was for his memorable role as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

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18. Robert Redford
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 4 nominations
> First win: New Star Of The Year – Actor, 1966
> Known for: Ordinary People; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; All the President’s Men
> Acting credits: 80

Robert Redford, whose stellar acting and directing career stretches over 50 years, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture this year for his role in “The Old Man & The Gun.” Redford has been nominated for a Golden Globe Best Director four times and won in 1981 for “Ordinary People.”

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17. Ann-Margret
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 5 nominations
> First win: New Star Of The Year – Actress, 1962
> Known for: Bye Bye Birdie; Grumpy Old Men; Carnal Knowledge
> Acting credits: 86

Ann-Margret has parlayed her singing, dancing, and acting talents into an enduring career in movies and on television. The Swedish-born actress burst onto the American scene in 1962 and won the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year – Actress. She starred in “State Fair,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” and “Viva Las Vegas,” and won Golden Globes for her performances in “Carnal Knowledge” and “Tommy.”

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16. Ed Asner
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 6 nominations
> First win: Actor In A Supporting Role – Series Or Television Movie, 1972
> Known for: Up; Mary Tyler Moore Show; Elf
> Acting credits: 384

Television viewers will remember Ed Asner as the cantankerous newsman Lou Grant on the sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and later as the title character in the TV drama “Lou Grant.” The actor won Golden Globes for each show as well as for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television for his role in “Rich Man, Poor Man.”

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15. Doris Day
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 6 nominations
> First win: Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites), 1955
> Known for: Pillow Talk; Lover Come Back; Move Over, Darling
> Acting credits: 43

At 96 years old, Doris Day is one of the last stars from old Hollywood and remains one of the most beloved actresses of all time. She’s won the Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites) five times, starting in 1955. Day made her mark in light comedies, some of which co-starred Rock Hudson, and was nominated for Golden Globe awards for her eponymously named television show in 1969 and for films such as “Move Over, Darling” in 1964.

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14. Dustin Hoffman
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 8 nominations
> First win: New Star Of The Year – Actor, 1968
> Known for: Rain Man; The Graduate; Tootsie
> Acting credits: 83

Dustin Hoffman, who rocketed to stardom in 1968 in “The Graduate,” has been honored with a Golden Globe for his work in drama (“Kramer vs. Kramer” in 1980), comedy (“Tootsie” in 1983), and a made-for-television movie (“Death of a Salesman” in 1986).

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13. Jessica Lange
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 11 nominations
> First win: New Star Of The Year – Actress, 1977
> Known for: Tootsie; King Kong; Blue Skye
> Acting credits: 45

Whether it is on television or on film, Jessica Lange has demonstrated her varied talents in comedies, dramas and mini series. Lange scored Golden Globe glory in the comedy “Tootsie” in 1983, the drama “Blue Sky” in 1995, and the made-for-television film “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1996.

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12. Carol Burnett
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 11 nominations
> First win: Actress In A Television Series, 1968
> Known for: Annie; The Carol Burnett Show; Carol & Company
> Acting credits: 73

Next to Lucille Ball, no woman has had a more profound impact on television comedy than Carol Burnett. “The Carol Burnett Show” set the standard for sketch comedy in the 1960s and 1970s, and the program was honored with five Golden Globe wins. Burnett will receive the first-ever television special achievement award from the Golden Globes that is named in her honor at the awards ceremony on Jan. 6

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11. Shirley MacLaine
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 5 wins, 14 nominations
> First win: New Star Of The Year – Actress, 1955
> Known for: Terms of Endearment; The Apartment; Steel Magnolias
> Acting credits: 77

Shirley MacLaine won the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year – Actress in 1955 for her performance in “The Trouble with Harry” and has only added to her acclaim. MacLaine’s wins include Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for “Madame Sousatzka” in 1989 and “Terms of Endearment” in 1984 and for Actress in Musical or Comedy Motion Picture for “Irma la Douce” in 1964 and “The Apartment” in 1961.

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10. Sophia Loren
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 6 wins, 3 nominations
> First win: Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites), 1964
> Known for: Arabesque; Two Women; A Special Day
> Acting credits: 95

Sophia Loren is among the most successful actresses to have crossed the Atlantic and find stardom in America. She is known for pairing with Marcello Mastroianni in comedies and dramas such as “Marriage, Italian Style,” “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” and “A Special Day.” She has also won the Golden Globe Henrietta Award (World Film Favorites) four times.

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9. Marlon Brando
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 6 wins, 4 nominations
> First win: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, 1955
> Known for: Apocalypse Now; The Godfather; Last Tango in Paris
> Acting credits: 46

Marlon Brando embodied the naturalistic, immersive method acting approach, becoming one of the biggest stars of all time. Brando won Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, in 1955 for “On the Waterfront” and for “The Godfather” in 1973.

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8. Angela Lansbury
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 6 wins, 9 nominations
> First win: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, 1946
> Known for: The Manchurian Candidate; Anastasia; Beauty and the Beast
> Acting credits: 113

Angela Lansbury has had a spectacular career since her Oscar-nominated debut as a cockney servant in the movie “Gaslight” in 1944. Lansbury scored a Golden Globe triumph for her role as the scheming Eleanor Shaw Iselin in the motion picture thriller “The Manchurian Candidate.” On the smaller screen, Lansbury enjoyed Golden Globe recognition for her starring role in the long-running series “Murder, She Wrote” for which she won four Golden Globes.

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7. Paul Newman
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 6 wins, 9 nominations
> First win: New Star Of The Year – Actor, 1957
> Known for: The Hustler; Cool Hand Luke; The Color of Money
> Acting credits: 85

The stunning longevity of Paul Newman’s career is reflected in his Golden Globe success. He won his last Golden Globe in 2006 as Supporting Actor in a Series for his role in “Empire Falls.” He won his first Golden Globe in 1957 for new actor for his role in “The Silver Chalice.” Newman was nominated for a Golden Globe 15 times, including the times he won.

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6. Alan Alda
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 6 wins, 10 nominations
> First win: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, 1975
> Known for: M*A*S*H; Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Four Seasons
> Acting credits: 66

When you think of Alan Alda’s superb career, the first thing that comes to mind is likely his performance as Hawkeye Pierce in the long-running sitcom M*A*S*H. His characterization of one of television’s most famous anti-heroes earned him six Golden Globe wins. He has also been nominated for his big-screen work in movies like “Same Time, Next Year” and “The Four Seasons.”

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5. Jack Nicholson
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 6 wins, 11 nominations
> First win: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, 1975
> Known for: Chinatown; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; As Good as It Gets
> Acting credits: 77

Jack Nicholson was nominated four times before winning a Golden Globe for his performance in 1975’s “Chinatown.” His most recent win came in 2003 for his work in “About Schmidt.” When combining wins and nominations, Nicholson has performed better at the Golden Globes than any other male actor in history.

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4. Julie Andrews
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 7 wins, 7 nominations
> First win: Actress In A Leading Role – Musical Or Comedy, 1965
> Known for: The Sound of Music; Mary Poppins; Victor Victoria
> Acting credits: 46

One of the most beloved actresses ever, Julie Andrews has endeared herself to audiences in movies, television, and on stage since the 1950s. Andrews has seven Golden Globe wins, among them for Actress in a Musical or Comedy for “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music.”

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3. Jane Fonda
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 7 wins, 8 nominations
> First win: New Star Of The Year – Actress, 1962
> Known for: Klute; Barbarella; Youth
> Acting credits: 57

The acting gene was clearly passed on to Jane Fonda from her father Henry. Fonda has notched seven Golden Globe wins in her storied, and at times controversial, career, including back-to-back wins for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for “Julia” in 1978 and “Coming Home” in 1979.

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2. Barbra Streisand
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 7 wins, 8 nominations
> First win: Actress In A Leading Role – Musical Or Comedy, 1969
> Known for: Funny Girl; Yentl; The Mirror Has Two Faces
> Acting credits: 24

Barbra Streisand took home her first Golden Globe in 1969 as Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her role in “Funny Girl.” Six other victories have followed that accolade. She is the only woman to have won the Golden Globe for best director, in 1984 for the film “Yentl.” Streisand has advocated for more recognition of female directors. At last year’s Golden Globe ceremony, she chided the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for not doing enough to support women filmmakers.

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1. Meryl Streep
> Lifetime wins & nominations: 8 wins, 23 nominations
> First win: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture, 1980
> Known for: Out of Africa; August: Osage County; The Devil Wears Prada
> Acting credits: 84

Meryl Streep has been called the greatest actress of her generation, and few would dispute that claim. During her career in films and television she won Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for “Julie & Julia” in 2010, Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television in “Angels in America” in 2004, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for “Sophie’s Choice” in 1983, among many other wins. Streep has amassed a record 31 competitive Golden Globe nominations, including eight wins.

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