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Michael Caine's Acting Credentials: Awards and Highlights of Storied Career

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 11:56 AM

Aside from Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine is the only living actor to be nominated for an Oscar in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Here's an overview of the awards Michael Caine received throughout his storied career:

Caine's first Academy Award nomination was over 40 years ago, in 1966, for Best Actor in the hit "Alfie." While he lost that year to Paul Scofield for "A Man for All Seasons," he'd have another shot at the award shortly thereafter, in 1972, when he was nominated for Best Actor in "Sleuth."

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Oddly enough, the movie was so well-regarded that his co-star, Sir Laurence Olivier, was also nominated for a Best Actor award, even though both lost to Marlon Brando in "The Godfather."

The trend of winning an Oscar nomination but losing the award would continue in 1983, when he was nominated for his part in "Educating Rita" but lost to Robert Duvall. Caine wouldn't receive his first Oscar award until three years later, when he won for Best Supporting Actor in Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters." In 1999, he won again for Best Supporting Actor in "Cider House Rules."

In fact, despite earning four nominations, Caine has never won an Academy Award for Best Actor, only Best Supporting Actor. Overall, he's been considered for the heralded golden trophy six total times. His most recent nomination was in 2002.

While those figures may seem low, in the lifespan of the Academy Awards, they actually rank quite high. Only ten male actors have garnered more nominations over the course of their careers than Caine, including famed thespians such as Jack Nicholson, Laurence Olivier, and Marlon Brando.

However, he's had even more success at the Golden Globes, with 11 nominations and three wins. He won for Best Actor in a comedy or musical twice and even won for Best Actor in a TV mini-series for his role in "Jack the Ripper" in 1988.

His trophy collection doesn't just stop there either. He's been nominated for three Emmy's, won two BAFTA's, four London Critics Circle Film Awards, one Screen Actors Guild award, a French Order of Arts and Letters, and was even twice nominated for Razzies.

As if that weren't enough, Caine added a new title to his surname when he was knighted in 2000. After kneeling before Queen Elizabeth, Sir Michael called it “the recognition of a lifetime – the top one," according to BBC News.

It's the summation of these achievements, Robbie Collin concluded in The Telegraph, which propels Caine to the status of a British "national treasure."

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