Disney's Animated Classics

Academy Awards for Best Short Subject: Cartoon/Animated Film

Walt Disney was no stranger to the Academy Awards. From early in his film career, he and his studio were honored with Oscars for a variety of innovations, particularly in the area of animation. Of special significance are Disney's short cartoons that were honored with Academy Awards in the category of Short Subject: Cartoon/Animated Film.

1931-32:

  • Winner: Flowers and Trees (Silly Symphony)
  • Nominated: Mickey's Orphan (Mickey Mouse Cartoon)

    1932-33:

  • Winner: Three Little Pigs (Silly Symphony)
  • Nominated: Building a House (Other Cartoon)

    1933-34:

  • Winner: Tortoise and the Hare (Silly Symphony)

    1935:

  • Winner: Three Orphan Kittens (Silly Symphony)
  • Nominated: Who Killed Cock Robin? (Silly Symphony)

    1936:

  • Winner: The Country Cousin (Silly Symphony)

    1937:

  • Winner: The Old Mill (Silly Symphony)

    1938:

  • Winner: Ferdinand the Bull (Other Cartoon)
  • Nominated: Mother Goose Goes Hollywood (Silly Symphony)
  • Nominated: The Brave Little Tailor (Mickey Mouse Cartoon)

    1939:

  • Winner: The Ugly Duckling (Silly Symphony)
  • Nominated: The Pointer (Mickey Mouse Cartoon)

    1941:

  • Winner: Lend a Paw (Pluto Cartoon)
  • Nominated: Truant Officer Donald (Donald Duck Cartoon)

    1942:

  • Winner: Der Fuehrer's Face (Donald Duck Cartoon)

    1943:

  • Nominated: Reason and Emotion (Other Cartoon)

    1944:

  • Nominated: How to Play Football (Goofy Cartoon)

    1945:

  • Nominated: Donald's Crime (Donald Duck Cartoon)

    1946:

  • Nominated: Squatter's Rights (Mickey Mouse Cartoon)

    1947:

  • Nominated: Chip 'n' Dale (Donald Duck Cartoon)
  • Nominated: Pluto's Blue Note (Pluto Cartoon)

    1948:

  • Nominated: Mickey and the Seal (Mickey Mouse Cartoon)
  • Nominated: Tea for Two Hundred (Donald Duck Cartoon)

    1949:

  • Nominated: Toy Tinkers (Donald Duck Cartoon)

    1951:

  • Nominated: Lambert, the Sheepish Lion (Other Cartoon)

    1953:

  • Winner: Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (Other Cartoon)
  • Nominated: Rugged Bear (Donald Duck Cartoon)

    1954:

  • Pigs Is Pigs (Other Cartoon)

    1955:

  • Nominated: No Hunting (Donald Duck Cartoon)

    1957:

  • Nominated: The Truth About Mother Goode (Other Cartoon)

    1958:

  • Nominated: Paul Bunyan (Other Cartoon)

    1959:

  • Nominated: Noah's Ark (Other Cartoon)

    1960:

  • Nominated: Goliath II (Other Cartoon)

    1961:

  • Nominated: Aquamania (Goofy Cartoon)

    1962:

  • Nominated: A Symposium on Popular Songs (Other Cartoon)

    1968:

  • Winner: Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (Featurette)

    1969:

  • Winner: It's Tough to Be a Bird (Other Cartoon)

    1974:

  • Nominated: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (Featurette)

    1983:

  • Nominated: Mickey's Christmas Carol (Featurette)

    1986:

  • Nominated: Luxo Jr. (Pixar Animation)

    1988:

  • Winner: Tin Toy (Pixar Animation)

    1995:

  • Nominated: The Runaway Brain (Mickey Mouse Cartoon)

    1997:

  • Winner: Geri's Game (Pixar Animation)
  • Nominated: Redux Riding Hood (Disney Studios)

    2001:

  • Winner: For the Birds (Pixar Animation)

    2002:

  • Nominated: Mike's New Car (Pixar Animation)

    2003:

  • Nominated: Boundin' (Pixar Animation)
  • Nominated: Destino Disney Studios)

    2004:

  • Nominated: Lorenzo (Disney Studios)

    2005:

  • Nominated: One Man Band (Pixar Animation)

    2006:

  • Nominated: The Little Matchgirl (Disney Studios)
  • Nominated: Lifted (Pixar Animation)

    2008:

  • Nominated: Presto (Pixar Animation)

    2010:

  • Nominated: Day and Night (Pixar Animation)

    2011:

  • Nominated: La Luna (Pixar Animation)

    2012:

  • Winner: Paperman (Disney Studios)

    2013:

  • Nominated: Get a Horse (Disney Studios)

    Academy Awards for Best Original Song

    In addition to the stunning graphics and endearing stories, one of the major appeals of Disney's animated films is the lively music. One of the earliest Disney original songs to receive widespread recognition and popularity was "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf" from the 1933 Silly Symphony cartoon The Three Little Pigs. That started a Disney tradition that still exists. The musical legacy of the Disney animated features includes Academy Award winning and nominated original songs, as listed below.

    1940:

  • Winner: When You Wish Upon a Star (Pinocchio)

    1941:

  • Nominated: Baby Mine (Dumbo)

    1942:

  • Nominated: Love Is a Song (Bambi)

    1943:

  • Nominated: Saludos Amigos (Saludos Amigos)

    1947:

  • Winner: Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (Song of the South)

    1949:

  • Nominated: Lavender Blue (So Dear to My Heart)

    1950:

  • Nominated: Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (Cinderella)

    1964:

  • Winner: Chim Chim Cher-ee (Mary Poppins)

    1967:

  • Nominated: The Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book)

    1971:

  • Nominated: The Age of Not Believing (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)

    1973:

  • Nominated: Love (Robin Hood)

    1977:

  • Nominated: Someone's Waiting for You (The Rescuers)
  • Nominated: Candle on the Water (Pete's Dragon)

    1989:

  • Winner: Under the Sea (The Little Mermaid)
  • Nominated: Kiss the Girl (The Little Mermaid)

    1991:

  • Winner: Beauty and the Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Nominated: Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Nominated: Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

    1992:

  • Winner: A Whole New World (Aladdin)
  • Nominated: Friend Like Me (Aladdin)

    1994:

  • Winner: Can You Feel the Love Tonight (The Lion King)
  • Nominated: Circle of Life (The Lion King)
  • Nominated: Hakuna Matata (The Lion King)

    1995:

  • Winner: Colors of the Wind (Pocahontas)
  • Nominated: You've Got a Friend in Me (Toy Story)

    1997:

  • Nominated: Go the Distance (Hercules)

    1999:

  • Winner: You'll Be in My Heart (Tarzan)
  • Nominated: When She Loved Me (Toy Story 2)

    2000:

  • Nominated: My Funny Friend and Me (The Emperor's New Groove)

    2001:

  • Winner: If I Didn't Have You (Monsters, Inc.)

    2006:

  • Nominated: Our Town (Cars)

    2007:

  • Nominated: Happy Working Song (Enchanted)
  • Nominated: So Close (Enchanted)
  • Nominated: That's How You Know (Enchanted)

    2008:

  • Nominated: Down to Earth (WALL-E)

    2009:

  • Nominated: Almost There (The Princess and the Frog)
  • Nominated: Down in New Orleans (The Princess and the Frog)

    2010:

  • Winner: We Belong Together (Toy Story 3)
  • Nominated: I See the Light (Tangled)

    2011:

  • Winner: Man or Muppet (The Muppets)

    2013:

  • Winner: Let It Go (Frozen)

    Academy Awards for Best Original Score

    In addition to individual songs, many of Disney's animated features have -- since the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -- been honored for their original scores.

    1937:

  • Nominated: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (musical)

    1940:

  • Winner: Pinocchio (musical)

    1941:

  • Winner: Dumbo (musical)

    1942:

  • Nominated: Bambi (drama)

    1943:

  • Nominated: Victory Through Air Power (drama)
  • Nominated: Saludos Amigos (musical)

    1945:

  • Nominated: The Three Caballeros (musical)

    1947:

  • Nominated: Song of the South (musical)

    1950:

  • Nominated: Cinderella (musical)

    1951:

  • Nominated: Alice in Wonderland (musical)

    1959:

  • Nominated: Sleeping Beauty (musical)

    1963:

  • Nominated: The Sword in the Stone (musical)

    1964:

  • Winner: Mary Poppins (musical)

    1971:

  • Nominated: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (musical)

    1977:

  • Nominated: Pete's Dragon (musical)

    1989:

  • Winner: The Little Mermaid

    1991:

  • Winner: Beauty and the Beast

    1992:

  • Winner: Aladdin

    1994:

  • Winner: The Lion King

    1995:

  • Winner: Pocahontas (musical/comedy)
  • Nominated: Toy Story (musical/comedy)

    1996:

  • Nominated: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (musical/comedy)
  • Nominated: James and the Giant Peach (musical/comedy)

    1998:

  • Nominated: Mulan (musical/comedy)
  • Nominated: A Bug's Life (musical/comedy)

    2001:

  • Nominated: Monsters, Inc.

    2007:

  • Nominated: Ratatouille

    2008:

  • Nominated: WALL-E

    2009:

  • Winner: Up

    2013:

  • Nominated: Saving Mr. Banks

    Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature

    Beginning in 2001, a new category was added to the Academy Award line-up for Best Animated Feature.

    2001:

  • Nominated: Monsters, Inc. (Disney/Pixar)
  • [NOTE-> Winner: Shrek (DreamWorks)]

    2002:

  • Nominated: Lilo and Stitch (Disney Studios)
  • Nominated: Treasure Planet (Disney Studios)
  • [NOTE-> Winner: Spirited Away (Studio Ghibli, Japan)]

    2003:

  • Winner: Finding Nemo (Disney/Pixar)
  • Nominated: Brother Bear (Disney Studios)

    2004:

  • Winner: The Incredibles (Disney/Pixar)

    2005:

  • No Disney or Pixar nominees
  • [NOTE-> Winner: Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Dreamworks/Aardman UK)]

    2006:

  • Nominated: Cars (Disney/Pixar)
  • [NOTE-> Winner: Happy Feet (Warner Brothers)]

    2007:

  • Winner: Ratatouille (Disney/Pixar)

    2008:

  • Winner: WALL-E (Disney/Pixar)
  • Nominated: Bolt (Disney Studios)

    2009:

  • Winner: Up (Disney/Pixar)
  • Nominated: The Princess and the Frog (Disney Studios)

    2010:

  • Winner: Toy Story 3 (Disney/Pixar)

    2011:

  • No Disney or Pixar nominees
  • [NOTE-> Winner: Rango (Paramount/Nickelodeon)]

    2012:

  • Winner: Brave (Disney/Pixar)
  • Nominated: Wreck-It Ralph (Disney Studios)
  • Nominated: Frankenweenie (Disney/Tim Burton)

    2013:

  • Winner: Frozen (Disney/Pixar)

    Other Academy Awards

    At least two of Disney's animated features have received special recognition from the Academy Awards. In 1938, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was awarded a special Oscar for technical innovation. Remarkably, in 1991, Beauty and the Beast was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, competing against big-budget live-action films.

    1931-32:

  • Special Award: Walt Disney (for the creation of Mickey Mouse)

    1938:

  • Special Award: Walt Disney (for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs")
    [This award was composed of a normal-sized Oscar and seven small Oscars]

    1941:

  • Special Award: Walt Disney and others (for "Fantasia")

    1959:

  • Documentary Short Subject: Donald in Mathmagic Land (Donald Duck Cartoon)

    1991:

  • Nominated for Best Picture: Beauty and the Beast

    1995:

  • Special Award: John Lasseter of Pixar (for "Toy Story")

    2009:

  • Nominated for Best Picture: Up

    2010:

  • Nominated for Best Picture: Toy Story 3

    The above information is based on the book:
    The Academy Awards: The Complete History of Oscar
    by Gail Kinn and Jim Piazza
    Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers: New York, 2002
    and updated information from www.oscars.org.

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