The 87th Oscars Ceremony is this Sunday! So in honor of this annual event, we did some digging on little known animation facts about the Oscars!
Mind = blown.
-The Animation Mentor Crew
- Walt Disney still holds the record for winning the most Academy Awards.
- Beauty and the Beast was the first Animated Feature Film nominated for Best Picture.
- Pixar dominates with 7 Feature Animation Oscar wins in 14 years.
- Toy Story is the only animated film to be nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Um … and Joss Whedon rewrote it.
- Dennis Muren is the only man alive who has the most Academy Awards.
Walt Disney won a total of 32 Oscars including special and technical awards. He also holds the record for most nominations at a whopping 59 nominations.
Walt Disney won his first Oscar at the 5th Academy Awards for Best Short Subject (Cartoon) in 1932 for his Silly Symphonies, Flowers and Trees, and an additional Oscar for his creation of Mickey Mouse. His most memorable Oscar was a Special Achievement Award for the first feature length animation film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He won for his technical innovation of the multi-plane camera technique, 6-7 animation cels are layered on top of each other so the background and foreground are in proportion to each other when the camera changes. The Academy honored him with a unique standard Oscar statuette with 7 miniature Oscar statuettes in tow.
The category for Best Animation Feature Film did not exist until 2001. So to have an animation film as the Best Feature Film at the 1992 Oscars was an anomaly and a testament that an animation film can be considered a prestigious film. Alas, Beauty and the Beast lost to Silence of the Lambs that year.
Little known fact:
Due to time constraints, the famous dance sequence with Belle and the Beast was similar to the dance sequence with Princess Aurora and Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty.
The Best Animation Feature Film category started in 2001 due to the influx of 3D Animation films exploding into the mainstream film industry. Pixar Animation Studios won in almost every year they released a film with the exception of 2 years where they lost to DreamWorks’ Shrek in 2001 and Animal Logic’s Happy Feet in 2006.
Up and Toy Story 3 were also included in Best Picture category when the Academy upped the nominee count from 5 to 10 films.
2001: Monsters Inc. – Lost to Shrek
2003: Finding Nemo – Won
2004: The Incredibles – Won
2006: Cars – Lost to Happy Feet
2007: Ratatouille – Won
2008: Wall-E – Won
2009: Up – Won
2010: Toy Story 3 – Won
2012: Brave – Won
Toy Story is the first feature length 3D computer animation film. Nobody had ever seen anything like it in 1995. Inspiring future 3D animators all around the world, written by Joss Whedon (what?!), Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow, John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Joe Ranft were nominated at the 1996 Oscars for a little story about a boy and his toys, Woody and Buzz Lightyear. Joss Whedon spent 4 months with Pixar rewriting the script and among his contributions were the creation of the lovable dinosaur, Rex, and the mutant toys. They lost to the Usual Suspects but history was already made.
Little known fact:
Billy Crystal was originally asked to voice Buzz Lightyear but declined the iconic role. After seeing the finished feature film, he regretted his decision. When John Lasseter called him for the role of Mike Wazowski, he immediately said, “Yes.”
Dennis Muren, THE visual effects guru still holds the record for most Oscar wins for a person who is still living. He won 7 Visual Effects Oscars and 2 Special /Technical Achievement Awards throughout his career. Notably known for his work for at Industrial Light & Magic for the early Star Wars trilogy, Terminator: Judgement Day, and Jurassic Park, he helped usher in the new world of CGI for film visual effects. Without his contributions in this industry, every blockbuster film you see today would not exist.
1981: Special Achievement Award
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Shared with: Brian Johnson, Richard Edlund, Bruce Nicholson
1982: Technical Achievement Award
For the development of a Motion Picture Figure Mover for animation photography
Shared with: Stuart Ziff
1983: Best Effects, Visual Effects
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Shared with: Carlo Rambaldi, Kenneth Smith
1984: Special Achievement Award
Star Wars Episode V: Return of the Jedi
Shared with: Richard Edlund, Ken Ralston, Phil Tippett
1985: Best Effects, Visual Effects
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Shared with: Michael J. McAlister, Lorne Peterson, George Gibbs
1988: Best Effects, Visual Effects
Shared with: Bill George , Harley Jessup, Kenneth Smith
1990: Best Effects, Visual Effects
Shared with: Hoyt Yeatman, John Bruno, Dennis Skotak
1992: Best Effects, Visual Effects
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Shared with: Stan Winston, Gene Warren Jr., Robert Skotak
1994: Best Effects, Visual Effects
Shared with: Stan Winston, Phil Tippett, Michael Lantieri
All bow down to Dennis.
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