OSCARS 2021

Which actors have won the most Best Actor Oscars Awards ever?

Ahead of Sunday's 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, we look back at some of films most successful award winning male actors.

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Which actors have won the most Best Actor Oscars Awards ever?
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The biggest cliffhanger at Sunday's Oscars may not be who wins the top prizes - or even if Netflix can finally snag a coveted best picture trophy - but how the movie industry's biggest night reinvents itself after a tumultuous year.

Forced to rethink the ceremony because of the pandemic, and with a slate of diverse but mostly smaller films, organizers are promising a show unlike anything seen in the 93-year history of the Academy Awards.

Staged for the first time in a working train station in down-town Los Angeles, albeit a striking Art Deco building, Oscar producers have been vague on details of the limited in-person ceremony, which will be aired on ABC television.

Sin tituloA general view shows Union Station during preparations for the 93rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles, California on April 23, 2021. - The Oscars be broadcast live from Union Station, on April 25, 2021. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP)

But they say the tone will be optimistic and the show will act as a love letter to the battered movie industry after a year of theater closures and delays in releasing dozens of potential blockbusters.

"We are here to make a case for why cinema matters," said Stacey Sher, one of the trio of Oscars producers.

Netflix Inc's 1930s Hollywood drama "Mank" leads nominations with 10 nods in a best picture list that includes 1960s courtroom saga "The Trial of the Chicago 7," also from Netflix. The other nominees are recession drama "Nomadland," revenge tale "Promising Young Woman," immigrant family story "Minari," civil rights biopic "Judas and the Black Messiah," dementia tale "The Father," and "Sound of Metal," about a deaf drummer.

The winners are chosen by the 9,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar winners in history for best actor

Ahead of the award for best male actor, a look back at the annals of the Academy Awards reveals that only three actors have secured a Best Actor Oscar on three occasions with the elite trio being: Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Terms of Endearment (1983), and the third for As Good as It Gets (1997), Daniel Day Lewis (My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989, There Will Be Blood (2007) and Lincoln (2012) and Walter Brennan (his three wins are for Come and Get It (1936), Kentucky (1938), and The Westerner (1940). Nicholson takes the three-way tie break however by virtue of having been nominated a staggering 12 times.

Best Actor (2021 nominations)

Chadwick Boseman - "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

Anthony Hopkins - "The Father"

Riz Ahmed - "Sound of Metal"

Gary Oldman - "Mank"

Steven Yeun - "Minari"