How many Oscars does Al Pacino have and how many times has he been nominated for the Academy Awards?
Al Pacino is one of the actors with the most nominations in the history of the Academy Awards. He has one Oscar statuette and has been nominated nine times.
The Oscars are getting closer every day. In 2023, they will celebrate their 95th edition with a new ceremony this Sunday, March 12th. The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, the usual venue for this event, marked in red by all lovers of the seventh art, will witness some moments for the history books.
Throughout the long history of the ceremony, there have been people who, thanks to their achievements, have been able to inscribe their names in the history books of cinema. One of them is Al Pacino. The actor, who has several of the most memorable performances of recent decades, has been a regular in the categories of Best Actor and Supporting Actor over the years.
“Scent of a Woman”, the only movie that gave him an Oscar
Al Pacino is one of the most recognized actors in the industry. However, the Academy has only awarded him the Oscar once. It was in the 1993 edition, where he achieved victory thanks to his performance in the movie ‘Scent of a Woman’. In this film, he played a retired officer of the United States Army. This movie conveyed the message that there is always an option to take the right path to get what one desires.
This film had a total of four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. However, none of the aforementioned categories were able to win, except for Best Actor, which went to Al Pacino, achieving the only statuette of his career. Additionally, it should be mentioned that the actor also won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama.
Eight nominations without winning the statuette
On the other hand, it should be noted that Al Pacino is one of the actors with the most nominations in the history of the Oscars. In total, including the one he won, he has competed for the statuette nine times. The first was in 1974 when he played Michael Corleone in the first part of ‘The Godfather’ and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. However, he did not win.
The following year, he was nominated again, this time for Best Actor for his role in ‘Serpico’, but without success. In 1975, the second part of ‘The Godfather’ gave him a new opportunity in the same category, but again luck was not on his side. In 1976, he was once again a nominee, this time for Best Actor for ‘Dog Day Afternoon’, but for the third consecutive time, he did not win.
Just over four years later, in the 1980 edition, he returned to the spotlight of the Oscars. Pacino, with the film ‘And Justice for All’, was once again in the running for the award, but without much luck. To see him competing for the recognition, this time as Best Supporting Actor, we had to wait until 1991 when he returned with the film ‘Dick Tracy’. Again, he was unable to lift the statuette.
1993, a year that could have been historic
Previously, the 1993 edition was mentioned as the only occasion when Al Pacino won an Oscar. That same year could have been historic for the actor, as he was nominated in the two main categories that an actor could be nominated for: Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. In the latter case, he was nominated for his role in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’. However, he could not achieve this feat and ‘only’ won the most important award.
‘The Irishman’, Pacino’s last nomination
After more than twenty years of absence from the Oscars as a nominee for any award, Pacino returned in 2020, with Martin Scorsese. One of the director’s latest works, ‘The Irishman’, was competing for several awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Pacino. With this, he was present for the ninth time competing for one of the most important awards on the planet.