Since the 91st Academy Awards are underway, we thought we would go through some Disney Academy Awards (commonly referred to as the Oscars) facts.
Did you know that, Walt Disney still holds many records at the Academy Awards. He is credited with winning the most Oscars in history, the most nominations and the most losses. He won twenty-two competitive Academy Awards from a total of fifty-nine nominations and received four honorary Oscars.
Walt’s first competitive Academy Award win was at the 5th Academy Awards in 1932 in the category of Best Short Subject for the film Flowers and Trees. This short was produced by Walt Disney, himself and was nothing short of genius. It was originally in production in black and white and after Walt agreed to test it in Technicolor, he ordered the short redone in color. Of course, this caused the production to go over budget, but the cartoon was such a hit that profits covered the budget overage. Proving that Walt Disney was definitely a leader in his field.
The four honorary Academy Awards Walt Disney received were:
1932- for the creation of Mickey Mouse. Making Mickey the first non-human to receive an Academy Award.
1939- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs– “recognized as a significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon.” Walt received one normal size statuette and seven little Oscars. (Funny though, many thought Walt would fail making this animated motion picture and called Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs “Disney’s Folly”).
1941- The Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award- awarded periodically to “creative producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production.”
1942- Walt Disney, et al., including the RCA Manufacturing Company, “for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia.”
It’s just amazing to think that after all of these years, Walt Disney still holds these Academy Awards records. Many of his Oscars are housed today, at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, California.
If you are interested in reading more about Walt’s nominations, wins and losses check out AMC’s filmsite, which helped us with some of the historical data in this post.
Good vibes and Disney rides, Darcie