Winning an Oscar is a pretty big deal. In addition to the prestige that comes with taking home Hollywood’s most prestigious statuette, it can also help increase the star’s future earning potential.
Not just talented, many past Oscar winners have seriously massive net worths. Some are much wealthier than others, but you might be surprised to find out who is sitting atop the largest fortunes.
Think you can guess which past Oscar winners are the richest? Try your luck and see how close you can get.
Beloved actor Tom Hanks has been nominated for six career Oscars and won twice. Both wins were in the Best Actor category — for “Philadelphia” in 1993 and “Forrest Gump” in 1994.
The A-lister has nearly 100 acting credits to his name, dating back to 1980. He has too many hits to name, but some of his most well-known films include “Big,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Castaway.”
In 2016, Emma Stone won the Oscar for Best Actress for her work on “La La Land.” The talented actress has been nominated a total of three times throughout her career.
She got her big break in “Superbad,” and Stone has been churning out hits ever since. Some of her most well-known films include “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” both installments of “The Amazing Spiderman,” “Birdman” and “Battle of the Sexes.”
Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington was honored with a Best Supporting Actor statuette in 1989 for his work on “Glory” and Best Actor in 2001 for “Training Day.” He’s received a total of nine career Oscar nods, including one as a producer of “Fences.”
Some of Washington’s most high-profile films include “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” “Flight,” “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Malcom X.” He recently starred in the movie “The Little Things” and next up, you can catch him in “Equalizer 3.”
Seriously talented, Kate Winslet has been nominated for a total of seven career Oscars over a 20-year period. She won Best Actress in 2008 for “The Reader.”
Winslet has nearly 70 acting credits, but she’s likely best known for her work as Rose in “Titanic.” Some of her more popular films include “Steve Jobs,” “Revolutionary Road,” “Sense and Sensibility” and “The Holiday.”
Next up, the busy actress will star in the upcoming television series “Avatar: The Way of Water” and “Avatar 3.”
Hollywood icon Meryl Streep has earned 21 career Oscar nods, spanning from 1978 to 2017. She’s won three times, including Best Supporting Actress in 1979 for “Kramer vs. Kramer” and two Best Actress honors — for “Sophie’s Choice” in 1982 and “The Iron Lady” in 2011.”
Streep’s illustrious career includes a multitude of hits like “August: Osage County,” “Mamma Mia!” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Out of Africa.” Up next she’ll star in the movie “Babylon.”
After scoring four career Oscar nominations, Joaquin Phoenix finally got his first win last year. One of the night’s most anticipated awards, he was named Best Actor for “Joker.”
Acting since the early ’80s, Phoenix has starred in many notable films, including “Walk the Line,” “Gladiator” and “Her.” The busy actor has several upcoming projects in the works, such as “Napoleon” and “Joker 2.”
In 2018, Regina King scored a Best Supporting Actress win for her work on “If Beale Street Could Talk.” To date, this is the first and only time she’s been recognized by the Academy.
Both a film and television star, some of King’s recent projects include the TV mini-series “The Watchmen” and “Seven Seconds.” A few of her most well-known films are “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous,” “A Cinderella Story” and “Jerry Maguire.” Also talented behind the camera, she has 15 directing credits, including the 2020 film “One Night in Miami…” Up next, the actress will produce and star in “Shirley”, a film following the first Black congresswoman in America.
He’s been nominated for seven career Oscars — six for acting, one as a producer — and Leonardo DiCaprio has taken home one statuette. His sole win came in 2015 when he was honored as Best Actor for “The Revenant.”
Acting since childhood, DiCaprio has a multitude of hits to his name, such as “Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Inception” and “Titanic.” The in-demand actor has several films in the works, including “The Black Hand,” “Killers of the Flower Moon,” “The Devil in the White City” and “Roosevelt.”
In 2005, Reese Witherspoon was honored with the Best Actress Oscar for “Walk the Line.” She was also nominated in the same category in 2014 for “Wild.”
Some of her most well-known movies include the “Legally Blonde” films, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Cruel Intentions.” Also a television star, she’s currently on “The Morning Show,” and recent credits include “Little Fires Everywhere” and “Big Little Lies.” Next up, she’s slated to star in the movies “Legally Blonde 3.”
In 2012, Jennifer Lawrence was honored with a Best Actress win for “Silver Linings Playbook.” She was only 22 years old at the time, making her the second-youngest woman to win this category in Academy history. She’s also scored three other career Oscar nods for her work on “Winter’s Bone,” “American Hustle” and “Joy.”
Some of Lawrence’s other well-known films include “The Hunger Games” saga, several films in the “X-Men” franchise and “Mother!” Up next, she’ll star in “Mob Girl” and “Bad Blood.”
In 2013, Matthew McConaughey was honored with the Best Actor Oscar for his work on “Dallas Buyer’s Club.” So far, this is his first and only career Oscar nomination.
Acting since the early ’90s, McConaughey has more than 75 film and television credits on his resume. Some of his most well-known films include “Magic Mike,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “The Wedding Planner.” He also starred in a season of the television series “True Detective.”
A two-time Oscar winner, Cate Blanchett scored a win for Best Supporting Actress in 2004 for “The Aviator” and a Best Actress win in 2013 for “Blue Jasmine.” She’s received a total of seven career Oscar nominations.
Recently, Blanchett starred in the TV mini-series “Mrs. America,” along with the films “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” and “Ocean’s Eight.” Some of her most well-known movies include “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Carol” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
Legendary actor Morgan Freeman scored an Oscar for Best Actor in 2004 for his work on “Million Dollar Baby.” He’s received a total of five career Oscar nominations.
Acting since the mid-60s, Freeman has more than 140 film and television credits. Some of his most well-known movies include “Invictus,” “Kiss the Girls,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Driving Miss Daisy.” Some of his upcoming projects include “A Good Person” and “57 Seconds.”
A two-time Oscar winner, Renée Zellweger was honored with the Best Actress win last year for “Judy.” She previously won Best Supporting Actress in 1993 for “Cold Mountain” In total, she’s been recognized by the Academy with four nominations throughout her career.
Zellweger’s impressive acting resume dates back to the early ’90s. Some of her best-known films include “Jerry Maguire,” “Chicago,” Cinderella Man” and the “Bridget Jones” series.
Iconic actor Al Pacino scored a Best Actor Oscar win in 1992 for his work on “Scent of a Woman.” He’s received a total of nine career Oscar nominations.
Pacino’s acting resume contains more than 60 credits, dating back to the late ’60s. He’s probably best known for his work on “The Godfather” saga, but some of his other acclaimed films include “The Irishman,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Dick Tracy” and “Dog Day Afternoon.”
In 1991, Anthony Hopkins was honored with a Best Actor Oscar win for “The Silence of the Lambs.” He’s scored a total of six career Oscar nods.
An incredibly seasoned actor, Hopkins has more than 140 film and television credits to his name. Some of his most high-profile movies include “The Two Popes,” “Hannibal,” “Amistad” and “Nixon.” He’ll star in the next Marvel project, “Thor: Love and Thunder.”
In 2000, Julia Roberts was honored with the Oscar for Best Actress for her work on “Erin Brockovich.” She’s also received three other career Oscar nominations for “August: Osage County,” “Pretty Woman” and “Steel Magnolias.”
The beloved actress has nearly 70 credits on her resume, recently including the television series “Homecoming” and the film “Ben is Back.” Some of her most high-profile films include “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Notting Hill,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Runaway Bride.”
In 1998, Gwyneth Paltrow scored a Best Actress win for “Shakespeare in Love.” So far, this is her first and only Oscar nomination.
Acting since the late ’80s, Paltrow has five dozen film and television credits on her resume. Recently, she starred in the television series “The Politician” and the movie “Avengers: Endgame.” Some of her most well-known films include the “Iron Man” saga, “Shallow Hal” and “Emma.”
The multitalented Clint Eastwood is a five-time Oscar winner. In 1992, he won the Oscar for Best Director and Best Picture for “Unforgiven,” followed by the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award — given to “creative producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production” — in 1994 and another honor for Best Director and Best Picture in 2004 for “Million Dollar Baby.”
Also an actor with more than 70 credits to his name, some of Eastwood’s most well-known films include “Gran Torino,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Escape From Alcatraz” and “Dirty Harry.”
Robert De Niro
A two-time Oscar winner, Robert De Niro was honored as Best Supporting Actor in 1974 for “The Godfather Part II” and in 1980 for “Raging Bull” He’s received a total of eight career Oscar nominations, including one as a producer for “The Irishman.”
One of the most iconic stars in Hollywood, De Niro has been acting since the mid-’60s. He has too many hits to name, but some include “Silver Linings Playbook,” the “Meet the Parents” series, “Cape Fear” and “Taxi Driver.”
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