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How many times did Walt Disney receive an Honorary Oscar?

As the biggest Oscar winner, discover how many honorary awards Walt Disney has received from the world’s main cinema awards

Until nowadays, Walt Disney continues to be the biggest winner in the history of the Oscar, the main world cinema award, with 22 wins and 59 nominations, according to data reported by the ScreenRant portal.

Among its statuettes, three of them are considered Honorary Oscars, formerly known as “Special Awards”, awarded by the Academy to specific people due to their revolutionary achievements for cinema, for productions that ended up not fitting into the categories, when considered appropriate by the Council of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The first Honorary Oscar Walt Disney came in the same year he received his first statuette, in 1932, in the fifth edition of the award. On that occasion, in addition to winning the trophy for “Best Cartoon Short” for “Flowers and Trees”, he was also honored for the creation of Mickey Mouse, considered one of the most important animated characters ever created in history.

Mickey Mouse in a scene from “Steamboat Willie” / Credit: Reproduction/ Disney

His second, and perhaps best-known, Honorary Oscar arrived in 1939, for the creation of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, the first feature-length animated film in the history of cinema. The award, presented by the hands of the child actress Shirley Templehowever, became even more popular due to its shape, completely different from the original figurine.

This is because, in addition to the normal-sized Oscar, the award was also accompanied by seven other smaller statuettes in steps, making reference to the production’s protagonists.

Walt Disney's Honorary Oscar and his seven miniatures
Walt Disney’s Honorary Oscar and his seven miniatures / Credit: David McNew/Getty Images

The idea for the design would have come from the president of the Academy at the time, the filmmaker Frank Capraand granted to Disney to honor the film’s “significant cinematic innovation, which enchanted millions and pioneered a great new field of cartoon entertainment,” as described on The Walt Disney Family Museum’s blog.

The third and final Honorary Oscar for Walt came in 1942, with the creation of the film “Fantasia”, responsible for contributing to the advancement of the use of sound in cinema through the Fantasound System, a system that, with the aim of providing a good audiovisual experience to animation lovers, brought the public closer to feeling of listening to a live orchestra.

Mickey Mouse in 'Fantasia' (1940)
Mickey Mouse in ‘Fantasia’ (1940) / Credit: Reproduction/ Disney

Initially, the technology, which is a precursor to today’s surround sound, emerged only as an alternative to transmit the sounds of films cleanly, correcting the problems of the mono system, which presented noise and distortions.

Therefore, in the beginning, it was installed in only 13 movie theaters in the United States, however, it ended up becoming a great facilitator by bringing stereo sound to theaters for the first time, increasing the audio quality and spreading throughout the country. .

Source: Recreio

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