Who is the winner of the most Oscars ever?

With the 91st Academy Awards are being handed out today, it seems like a good time to look back at the biggest winners of the 90 previous ceremonies.

Walt Disney is the winner of the most Oscars ever, having won 22 competitive awards and four special awards for a total of 26.

The American animated film icon was nominated a grand total of 59 times, with the bulk of his Academy Award wins coming via the Best Animated Short category.

The film with the most number of Oscars is a three-way tie between Sir Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Titanic (1997) and Ben-Hur (1997).

In the realm of acting, Katharine Hepburn holds the record of winning the most Oscars with four - but she's not the woman with the most Academy Award wins ever. That honour is held by legendary costume designer Edith Head, who won eight times.

Meryl Streep doesn't hold a record for winning Oscars, but she does have more nominations for acting than anyone else with 21.

Jack Nicholson holds the record for most nominations by a male actor, with 12. He also ties as the male actor with the most wins, with three, along with Daniel Day-Lewis and Walter Brennan.

The 2019 Oscars ceremony kicks off on Monday at 2pm (NZ time).