This Sunday’s Oscars was already slated to boast a slew of past Academy Awards champs. And, on Friday, came the news that one of Oscar’s favorite leading men — Jack Nicholson — will make his first appearance on the kudocast in five years. (See the full line-up here.)
Nicholson is the only man living with three acting Oscars (Walter Brennan won Supporting Actor three times in 1936, 1938 and 1940). He won Best Actor for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) and “As Good As It Gets” (1997) as well as the supporting prize for “Terms of Endearment” (1983). This year, Daniel Day-Lewis (“My Left Foot,” “There Will Be Blood”) is likely to join this exclusive club, winning Best Actor for “Lincoln.”
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Nicholson last appeared on the Oscars in 2007 when he presented a montage of 80 years of Best Picture winners. He has handed out that top prize a record seven times (Audrey Hepburn had this honor four times).
Nicholson was alone at the podium in 1971 (click image above to see him present the Oscar to “The French Connection”); 1976 (“Rocky”), 1977 (“Annie Hall”); 1992 (“Unforgiven”) and 2005 (“Crash”) and joined by his pal and “Reds” co-star Warren Beatty in 1989 (Driving Miss Daisy”) and “Something’s Gotta Give” leading lady Diane Keaton in 2006 (“The Departed”).