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Why the ‘Oscars’ and Other Little Known Fun Facts About the Academy Awards

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16. Without peer

Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Oscar more than any other actor in academy history.

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17. Every man Jack

Jack Nicholson is the most nominated male performer, with 12 nominations. He’s won three times.

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18. Denzel’s distinction

Denzel Washington is the only African-American actor to win two Academy Awards. He won a best supporting actor award for his work in “Glory” in 1989, and received won a best actor Oscar for “Training Day” in 2001. He’s been nominated nine times, more than any other African-American actor.

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19. Making it look easy

Katharine Hepburn has won four Oscars, the most of any actress, taking home awards for her work in the movies “Morning Glory” (1933), “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), “The Lion in Winter” (1968), and “On Golden Pond” (1981). She was nominated a total of 12 times.

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20. The quiet man

When it comes to directing, John Ford is king. The director won the award for best director four out of the five times he was nominated. He won for his films “The Informer” (1935), “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940), “How Green Was My Valley” (1941), and “The Quiet Man” (1952).