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Walt Disney’s Unusual Oscar Record

Walt Disney is no Meryl Streep, but he sure gave her a run for her money with Oscar’s nominations. Meryl holds the record for the most nomination for an actor or actress — 19 nominations in 37 years — but Walt Disney (the man, not the company) actually got 22 Academy Awards spanning his life and beyond. That’s right: He got awards even after his death.

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Walt Disney’s unusual Oscar record includes awards for Best Two Reel Short Subject and Best Cartoon Short Subject. He got an honorary Oscar for artistic achievement in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and a few other honorary awards. The last Oscar he received was given two years after his death.

Walt Disney doesn’t just have a record for winning a lot of Oscars. He also has the record for the most years with consecutive Oscar wins. He got an Oscar every year for 22 years between 1941 and 1962.

List of Awards

He also holds the record for most awards won by a single person at one show. He won four Oscars in 1953: Best Documentary Feature, Best Short Subject, Best Cartoon Short Subject, and Best Two-Reel Short Subject.

Some of the other awards he won include:

  • Best Short Subject:
    • 1932 for Flowers and Trees
    • 1934 for Three Little Pigs
    • 1935 for The Tortoise and the Hare
    • 1936 for Three Orphan Kittens
    • 1937 for The Country Cousin
    • 1938 for The Old Mill
    • 1939 for Ferdinand the Bull
    • 1940 for The Ugly Duckling
    • 1942 for Lend a Paw
    • 1943 for Der Fuehrer’s Face
    • 1949 for Seal Island
    • 1951 for In Beaver Valley
    • 1952 for Nature’s Half Acre
    • 1953 for Water Birds
    • 1954 for Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom and Bear Country
    • 1959 for Grand Canyon
    • 1969 for Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (awarded after death)
  • Best Documentary:
    • 1954 for The Living Desert and The Alaskan Eskimo
    • 1955 for The Vanishing Prairie
    • 1956 for Men against the Arctic

He also won three honorary Academy Awards.

It’s no surprise that Disney has won so many awards. He created a legacy that continues to win accolades year after year.

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