With The Irishman, Al Pacino becomes the third most nominated actor in Oscar history


At 27 years old from his last Oscar nomination and first statuette, Al Pacino returned in force with Monday’s nomination for the supporting role in The Irishman. It is the nomination with the number nine for Pacino, becoming – thus – the third-most nominated actor in the history of the Oscars, along with Spencer Tracy and Paul Newman.

In the top 3 is Jack Nicholson, with 12 nominations, followed by Laurence Olivier, with 10. Pacino has four second-place nominations, including Nicholson, Walter Brennan, Jeff Bridges, Robert Duvall, Arthur Kennedy, and Claude Rains.

The absolute record for Oscar nominations, however, is held by an actress – this is Meryl Streep, with 21 nominations, followed – at a significant distance – by Katharine Hepburn (12) and Bette Davis (10).

Al Pacino competes this year with Joe Pesci, with whom he shared the set of The Irishman, with the category favorite – Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), with Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes).

Here are all of Oscar Pacino’s Oscar nominations over time

1. Best Supporting Actor, The Godfather (1972)
2. Best Actor, Serpico (1973)
3. Best Actor, The Godfather Part II (1974)
4. Best Actor, Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
5. The best actor, … And Justice for All. (1979)
6. Best Supporting Actor, Dick Tracy (1990)
7. Best Actor, Scent of a Woman (1992) (win)
8. Best Supporting Actor, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
9. Best Supporting Actor, The Irishman (2019).


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