Academy Awards: Actors with most Oscar nominations but least wins

Kenneth Branagh

Nominations: 5

  • Actor in a Leading Role – 1990 – “Henry V”
  • Directing – 1990 – “Henry V”
  • Short Film (Live Action) – 1993 – “Swan Song”
  • Writing (Screenplay Based On Material Previously Produced or Published) – 1997 – “Hamlet”
  • Actor in a Supporting Role – 2012 – “My Week With Marilyn”

A true talent, Kenneth Branagh has had a great number of successes — as well as failures — both in front of and behind the camera. Once considered “the new Laurence Olivier,” whom he got to play in “My Week With Marilyn,” Branagh had a rocky early career as a director, his award-worthy projects equally matched with his unsuccessful turns.

His entire career rebounded after playing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in HBO’s “Warm Springs.” His directing career has soared to new heights as well after directing the big-budget live-action adaptation of Disney’s “Cinderella.”

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