These 20 Hollywood movies have the most award nominations like, ever

awardsimageWith the 2021 Oscars just around the corner, we got nostalgic about all of the Hollywood movies that have been nominated for notable awards over the years. According to a survey conducted by USDish (an authorized reseller of Dish), 46% of people are more likely to watch a film if it has been nominated for an award.

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What awards are considered in this list and how did they figure it out?!

Making a list called “Most Award-Nominated Films of All Time” is a pretty lofty undertaking. Awards considered for the list include five major organizations: the Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice Awards, and the SAG Awards. Researches looked at nearly 60,000 data points for films up to the year 2019.

7 interesting data points for movie buffs

  1. Actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Emma Stone are each in 3 of the 20 movies listed.
  2. The oldest film on the list is The English Patient (1994) while the newest is Mank (2020).
  3. 85% of the films on the list were made in the 2000s, and 60% were made in the 2010s.
  4. Tom Hooper directed two films that made it to the top 20: Les Misérables (2012) and The King’s Speech (2010).
  5. Mank (2020) is the first Netflix and streaming service film to make the list.
  6. La La Land (2016) won 58% of the awards it was nominated for, making it the film that won the highest percentage of awards. Pretty impressive!
  7. On average, movies win 35% of nominations…so about 1 in 3. Not too shabby!

Drumroll please…here’s the full list of Hollywood movies with the most award nominations

Regardless of their award nomination count, each one of these movies deserves a spot on your movie bucket list.

#20: Mank (2020)

The Netflix film Mank is #20 on the list, receiving 35 award nominations across all five major awards programs. Starring Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, and Charles Dance, Mank takes you to 1930s Hollywood through the eyes of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. We’ll see what percent of awards this streaming movie wins at the end of the 2021 awards season.

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#19: The Hours (2002)

The Hours starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman received 35 major award nominations, winning two Golden Globes, one BAFTAs, and one Oscar out of 35 total nominations. Read our review of The Hours here.

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#18: Les Misérables (2012)

The Hollywood blockbuster version of the hit Broadway musical starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway was a smash hit, earning three Golden Globes, one SAG award, four BAFTAs, and three Oscars out of 35 total nominations. Read our review of Les Misérables here.

Watch now on Netflix

#17: Gladiator (2000)

The historical drama directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, and Connie Nielsen won two Golden Globes, three Critics’ Choice awards, four BAFTAs, and five Oscars out of 36 total nominations.

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#16: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood (2019) 

Quentin Tarantino’s comedy-drama set in Hollywood with a star-studded cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie dazzled during awards season, winning two Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice awards, one SAG award, one BAFTA, and two Oscars out of 37 total nominations.

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#15: Gravity (2013)

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney were out of this world in Gravity which won a Golden Globe, seven Critics’ Choice awards, six BAFTAs, and seven Oscars out of 37 total nominations.

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#14: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) 

Starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, and Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button won three BAFTAs and three Oscars with 38 total nominations. Read our review of the hit movie here.

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#13: The Aviator (2004)

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator won three Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice awards, one SAG award, four BAFTAs, and five Oscars with 38 total nominations. Read our review of The Aviator here.

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#12: The English Patient (1996)

Directed by Anthony Minghella, The English Patient won two Golden Globes, one Critics’ Choice award, six BAFTAs, and nine Oscars with 38 total nominations. The cast of The English Patient reunited in 2016––see photos here.

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#11: The Favourite (2018)

The black comedy with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz won one Golden Globe, two Critics’ Choice awards, seven BAFTAs, and one Oscar with 39 total nominations. 

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#10: Birdman (2014)

Birdman won two Golden Globes, seven Critics’ Choice awards, one SAG award, one BAFTA and four Oscars with 39 total nominations. 

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#9: Titanic (1997)

The Titanic cast and crew did not sink as the ship did; instead, The Titanic won four Golden Globes, one Critics’ Choice award, and 12(!!) Oscars with 39 total nominations. 

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#8: 12 Years a Slave (2013)

With a star-studded cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, and Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave won one Golden Globe, one Critics’ Choice award, one SAG award, two BAFTAs, and three Oscars with 40 total nominations. 

Watch now on Hulu

#7: Chicago (2002)

The movie-musical Chicago won three Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice awards, three SAG awards, two BAFTAs, and six Oscars, earning 40 total nominations. 

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#6: Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Joseph Fiennes, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush, and Judi Dench star in this story about a young Will Shakespeare, earning three Golden Globes, two Critics’ Choice awards, four BAFTAs, and seven Oscars with 40 total nominations. 

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#5: The Artist (2011)

This black-and-white silent film won three Golden Globes, four Critics’ Choice awards, one SAG award, seven BAFTAs, and five Oscars with 40 total nominations. Apparently, it was originally shot in color.

Watch now on Netflix

#4: Lincoln (2012)

The Steven Spielberg movie won one Golden Globe, two Critics’ Choice awards, two SAG awards, one BAFTA, and two Oscars with 43 total nominations. 

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#3: The Shape of Water (2017)

Guillermo del Toro’s film about a mute woman who discovers a top-secret government experiment won two Golden Globes, four Critics’ Choice awards, two BAFTAs, and four Oscars with 43 total nominations. 

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#2: La La Land (2016)

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling’s performance in La La Land played a major role in the movie winning a whopping seven Golden Globes, seven Critics’ Choice awards, one SAG award, four BAFTAs, and six Oscars with 43 total nominations! 

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#1: The King’s Speech (2010)

At the top of the list and reigning supreme for the most major award nominations is The King’s Speech. The film starring Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter won one Golden Globe, one Critics’ Choice award, two SAG awards, seven BAFTAs, and four Oscars with 45 total nominations. 

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See the list in infographic form here:

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