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Cartoonist and film producer Walt Disney

Walt Disney (1901–66) won or received a total of twenty-six Academy Awards, and holds the record for most Academy Awards in history. He won a total of twenty-two competitive Academy Awards from a total of fifty-nine nominations, and also holds the records for most wins and most nominations for an individual in history.

Disney won his first competitive Academy Award and received his first Honorary Academy Award at the 5th Academy Awards (1932). He received the Honorary Academy Award for the creation of Mickey Mouse and won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoon) for the film Flowers and Trees. In the seven Academy Award ceremonies that followed (6th–12th), Disney consecutively earned nominations and won in the same category.

Disney received three more Honorary Academy Awards, one in 1939 At the 26th Academy Awards (1954), Disney won the Academy Award in all four categories in which he was nominated: Best Short Subject (Cartoon), Best Short Subject (Two-reel), Best Documentary (Feature), and Best Documentary (Short Subject). In 1965, Disney earned his sole Best Picture nomination, for the film Mary Poppins.

Competitive Academy Awards

A large cabinet containing several golden statuettes and a few certificates.

The display case in the lobby of the Walt Disney Family Museum, in San Francisco, displays many of the Academy Awards that Walt Disney won or received. The distinctive, special award which he received for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, is at the bottom.

Year Category Film/documentary Result
1932 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Flowers and Trees Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Mickey's Orphans Nominated
1934 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Three Little Pigs Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Building a Building Nominated
1935 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) The Tortoise and the Hare Won
1936 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Three Orphan Kittens Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Who Killed Cock Robin? Nominated
1937 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) The Country Cousin Won
1938 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) The Old Mill Won
1939 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Ferdinand the Bull Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Brave Little Tailor Nominated
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Good Scouts Nominated
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Mother Goose Goes Hollywood Nominated
1940 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) The Ugly Duckling Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) The Pointer Nominated
1942 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Lend a Paw Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Truant Officer Donald Nominated
1943 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Der Fuehrer's Face Won
Best Documentary (Feature) The Grain That Built a Hemisphere Nominated
Best Documentary (Feature) The New Spirit Nominated
1944 Best Documentary (Short Subject) Water: Friend or Enemy Nominated
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Reason and Emotion Nominated
1945 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) How to Play Football Nominated
1946 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Donald's Crime Nominated
1947 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Squatter's Rights Nominated
1948 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Chip an' Dale Nominated
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Pluto's Blue Note Nominated
1949 Best Short Subject (Two-reel) Seal Island Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Mickey and the Seal Nominated
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Tea for Two Hundred Nominated
1950 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Toy Tinkers Nominated
1951 Best Short Subject (Two-reel) In Beaver Valley Won
1952 Best Short Subject (Two-reel) Nature's Half Acre Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Lambert the Sheepish Lion Nominated
1953 Best Short Subject (Two-reel) Water Birds Won
1954 Best Documentary (Feature) The Living Desert Won
Best Documentary (Short Subject) The Alaskan Eskimo Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Rugged Bear Nominated
Best Short Subject (Two-reel) Bear Country Won
Best Short Subject (Two-reel) Ben and Me Nominated
1955 Best Documentary (Feature) The Vanishing Prairie Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Pigs Is Pigs Nominated
Best Short Subject (Two-reel) Siam Nominated
1956 Best Documentary (Short Subject) Men Against the Arctic Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) No Hunting Nominated
Best Short Subject (Two-reel) Switzerland Nominated
1957 Best Short Subject (Two-reel) Samoa Nominated
1958 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) The Truth About Mother Goose Nominated
1959 Best Short Subject (Live Action) Grand Canyon Won
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Paul Bunyan Nominated
1960 Best Documentary (Short Subject) Donald in Mathmagic Land Nominated
Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Noah's Ark Nominated
Best Short Subject (Live Action) Mysteries of the Deep Nominated
1961 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Goliath II Nominated
Best Short Subject (Live Action) Islands of the Sea Nominated
1962 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Aquamania Nominated
1963 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Symposium on Popular Songs Nominated
1965 Best Picture Mary Poppins Nominated
1969 Best Short Subject (Cartoon) Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day Won

Honorary Academy Awards

Year To, for/award name Award type
1932 To Walt Disney for the creation of Mickey Mouse. Statuette
1939 To Walt Disney for 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." One statuette and seven miniature statuettes on a stepped base
1942 To Walt Disney, William Garity, John N. A. Hawkins and the RCA Manufacturing Company "for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of the use of sound in motion pictures through the production of Fantasia." Certificate of merit
1942 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award Thalberg Award

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