Has An Animated Film Won Best Picture

“Beauty and the Beast,” “Up,” and “Toy Story 3” were all nominated for Best Picture, but they still only won two Oscars in the aforementioned categories. And nine animated movies were nominated for their screenplays, but none of them won.29 Nov 2021

1938: Walt Disney received an honorary award for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" where he received one normal sized statue and seven miniature ones.

"Snow White" was Disney's first full length animated picture. Disney

Though "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" didn't win its Oscar nomination for best original score, Disney was given an honorary award to recognize the feature's innovation in filmmaking.

Disney didn't only receive one statue. He received one regular-sized statue and seven miniature Oscars to denote the film's seven dwarfs.

1940: "Pinocchio" was the first animated Disney film to receive an official Oscar.

"Pinocchio" was honored at the 13th Oscars. DIsney

After a few nominations, Disney won its first major Academy Awards for one of its animated features.

"Pinocchio" won two Oscars for best original score and best original song, "When You Wish Upon a Star."

1990: "The Little Mermaid" brought prestige back to Disney, which went on to dominate Oscars for animated movies. It won Oscars for best score and song.

"The Little Mermaid." Walt Disney Productions/"The Little Mermaid"

After around two decades of mostly forgettable movies, Walt Disney Animation Studios produced "The Little Mermaid" to critical acclaim. It won the Oscar for best original score, and "Under the Sea" won for best original song.

1992: "Beauty and the Beast" broke Oscar records.

"Beauty and the Beast." Disney

The movie was nominated for six Oscars, winning for best score and best original song, for the song "Beauty and the Beast." "Be Our Guest" and "Belle" were also nominated in the best song category.

The movie also received a best picture nomination, the first animated movie in history to do so, as well as one for best sound. It retains the title of the animated movie with the most Oscar nominations, tied with 2008's "Wall-E."

1993: "Aladdin" kept up Disney's streak.

"Aladdin." Disney

The movie received the same awards as its predecessor, for best score and best song, honoring "A Whole New World."

"Friend Like Me" was also nominated in the song category, and the movie received nominations in the best sound and best sound effects editing categories.

1996: "Pocahontas" won two Oscars even though "Toy Story" had more nominations.

"Pocahontas." Disney/"Pocahontas"

1995 was a milestone year for animated features. Pixar studios, founded by a class of ex-Disney animators, released its first feature, "Toy Story," which was instantly hailed as a masterpiece. The movie received three nominations, plus a special achievement award for director John Lasseter.

But the traditional Disney movie remained dominant in the end. "Pocahantas" won both of its nominations: in the score category— now renamed "Original Musical or Comedy Score" — and in the song category for "Colors of the Wind."

1999: A new studio broke through as "The Prince of Egypt" wins an Oscar.

"The Prince of Egypt." Dreamworks

For the 1998 Oscars, both Disney's "Hercules" and 20th Century Fox's "Anastasia" received nominations, but they were shut out by the dominance of "Titanic."

But in 1999, "The Prince of Egypt" won an award, for "When You Believe" in the original song category. "The Prayer" from "Quest for Camelot" was also nominated in that category. It was also nominated alongside "A Bug's Life" and "Mulan" in the "Best Original Musical or Comedy Score," which existed in the mid-1990s, but lost them all to "Shakespeare in Love."

2002: "Shrek" won the first best animated feature Oscar.

"Shrek." DreamWorks

Winning over "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" and Pixar's "Monsters, Inc.," the Dreamworks movie "Shrek" won the first Oscar for best animated feature. It was also nominated in the best adapted screenplay award.

"Monsters, Inc.," though, won the the original song award for "If I Didn't Have You" and received nominations for original score and sound editing.

2003: The Japanese film "Spirited Away" claimed victory.

"Spirited Away." Studio Ghibli

Hayao Miyazaki's masterpiece "Spirited Away," from Studio Ghibli, received the award.

The movie's English-language dub and release were supervised by Disney. However, it won over two Disney features nominated in the category: "Lilo & Stitch" and "Treasure Planet," while "Ice Age" and "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" were also nominated.

2007: Disney buys Pixar — but still loses, to "Happy Feet."

Elijah Wood voiced Mumble in "Happy Feet." Warner Bros. via Youtube

After years of negotiations and tangled business relationships, Disney bought Pixar outright in 2006 for $7.4 billion. It followed a years-long fallow period for Disney's in-house animated films.

It was just a month before the release of "Cars." But though "Cars" got a nomination for the best animated feature, along with "Monster House," they both lost to "Happy Feet" from Warner Bros.

2008: Pixar's "Ratatouille" won.

"Ratatouille." Disney / Pixar

Aside from a best animated feature win, the movie was also nominated in the original screenplay, score, sound editing, and sound mixing categories. "Persepolis" and "Surf's Up" were also nominated in the animated feature category.

2009: "Wall-E," another Pixar movie, grabbed the Oscar.

"Wall-E." Pixaar

Andrew Stanton's follow-up to "Finding Nemo" won the animated feature Oscar over Disney stablemate "Bolt" and Dreamworks's "Kung Fu Panda." It also received an original screenplay nomination, despite having almost no dialogue, as well as nominations in the sound editing, sound mixing, and song categories.

The lack of best picture nominations for "Wall-E" and "The Dark Knight" that year, however, rankled the movie industry and led the Academy to expand the category to ten nominees. It was later changed so that somewhere between five and ten nominees would be admitted depending on an algorithm.

2010: "Up" kept up Disney's streak.

"Up." Pixar

Because the best picture category was expanded to ten nominees, "Up" became the first Pixar movie — and the first animated movie since "Beauty and the Beast" — to be nominated in that category. It lost to "The Hurt Locker."

"Up" won two Oscars, for animated feature and score, and was also nominated in the original screenplay and sound editing categories. The other animated feature nominees that year were strong: "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Coraline," "The Princess and the Frog," and "The Secret of Kells."

2011: "Toy Story 3" once again gets a best picture nomination for Pixar.

"Toy Story 3." Pixar

A follow-up to the first two "Toy Story" movies that made Pixar a formidable force in the 1990s, "Toy Story 3" became one of Pixar's most acclaimed movies, and received a best picture Oscar nomination along with a win in the animated feature category (it lost to "The King's Speech").

The movie also won an original song Oscar, for "We Belong Together," and nominations for adapted screenplay and sound editing.

The other nominees in the animated feature category were "How to Train Your Dragon" and "The Illusionist." "Tangled," Disney's first princess movie animated to more resemble a Pixar film, was snubbed.

2012: Paramount came out of nowhere with "Rango."

"Rango." Paramount

"Rango," a neo-Western movie where Johnny Depp voices a lizard with a Hawaiian shirt, won the best animated feature Oscar even though the studio, Paramount, didn't even have an official animation division.

Dreamworks also did well, nominated for both "Puss in Boots" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" in the category, alongside independent features "A Cat in Paris" and "Chico & Rita."

Pixar, however, was completely shut out with their panned offering "Cars 2," and Disney's "Winnie the Pooh" wasn't nominated for anything.

2013: "Brave" brought Pixar back.

"Brave." Disney / Pixar

Pixar was victorious again with "Brave," which didn't receive any other nominations. The other nominees in the animated feature category were "Frankenweenie," "ParaNorman," "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," and Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph."

2014: A non-Pixar Disney film finally won again, with "Frozen."

"Frozen." Disney

"Frozen" became Disney Animation Studios's first movie to win the animated feature Oscar since "Tarzan." It also won the only other category it was nominated in, original song, for "Let It Go."

Pixar's "Monsters University," on the other hand, was ignored at the Oscars. The other animated feature nominees were "The Croods," "Despicable Me 2," "Ernest & Celestine," and Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises."

2015: Disney won again with "Big Hero 6."

"Big Hero 6." Disney

"Big Hero 6" won the animated feature award, the only category it was nominated in. The other nominees were "The Boxtrolls," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "Song of the Sea," and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya."

Pixar, on the other hand, didn't release any movies in 2014.

2016: Pixar reclaimed the crown with "Inside Out."

"Inside Out." Disney/Pixar

For the first time, Pixar released two movies in a single year. "The Good Dinosaur" was ignored while "Inside Out" won the animated feature Oscar and received an original screenplay nomination. It wasn't nominated for best picture, though.

Disney Animation didn't release anything in 2015, and the other nominees in the animated feature category were "Anomalisa," "Boy and the World," "Shaun the Sheep Movie," and "When Marnie Was There."

2017: "Zootopia" won as "Finding Dory" got snubbed.

"Zootopia." Disney

Pixar's long-awaited sequel to "Finding Nemo," "Finding Dory," was ignored at the Oscars while Disney's "Zootopia" won the animated feature Oscar. It was nominated alongside Disney's "Moana," "Kubo and the Two Strings," "My Life as a Zucchini," and "The Red Turtle."

2018: "Coco" seized another win for Pixar.

In "Coco," Miguel enters the underworld to follow his passion for music. Pixar

Pixar's entry won once again in 2018. "Coco" won the best animated feature category as well as best song, for "Remember Me."

In its victory, it won over "The Boss Baby," "Loving Vincent," "Ferdinand," and "The Breadwinner."

2019: "Spider-Man" sticks it to Disney.

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." Sony Pictures

Though Pixar released its long-awaited "Incredibles" sequel in 2018, it wasn't the ultimate Oscar winner. Instead, the award went to "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." An inter-dimensional Spider-Man origin story, it added a new layer of diversity to the franchise by focusing on Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker, and pioneered a new animation style inspired by hand-drawn comic books.

The movie was produced by Sony, even though they allowed Disney to make a series of Peter Parker-starring live-action movies as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What had to hurt Disney even more, though, is that "Spider-Verse" was co-produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller — the same people Disney fired from "Solo: A Star Wars Story."

The other nominees in the category included another Disney production, "Ralph Breaks the Internet," along with "Mirai" and "Isle of Dogs."

2020: Disney took back the crown with "Toy Story 4."

"Toy Story 4" was directed by Josh Cooley. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Originally announced in 2014, and delayed a few times, a major script rewrite didn't prevent the sequel from still winning best animated picture.

"Toy Story 4" beat out "Klaus," "Missing Link," "I Lost My Body," and "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World."

2021: "Soul" beat out some big competition.

Joe Gardner dreams of being a jazz musician in "Soul." Disney/Pixar

"Soul" swept at the awards circuit, so it was little surprise the film, which features Pixar's first Black lead, also won the Oscar this year.

The film beat out another Pixar film, "Onward," in addition to "Over the Moon," "Wolfwalkers," and "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon."