List of animated feature films nominated for Academy Awards

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This page highlights the animated feature films nominated for or won Academy Awards aside from the Best Animated Feature category.

Feature Film Categories[edit]

Best Picture[edit]

Animated feature films were nominated for Best Picture in only three cases: 1991, 2009 and 2010. Beauty and the Beast is the only animated-feature film Best Picture nominee before the inception of Best Animated Feature and in the then five-nominee format. Up and Toy Story 3 were both nominated after the inception of the animated feature category and in the expanded ten-nominee format.

Year Film Award Recipient(s) Studio Result
1991
(64th)
Beauty and the Beast Don Hahn Disney Nominated
2009
(82nd)
Up Jonas Rivera Disney, Pixar Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Toy Story 3 Darla K. Anderson Disney, Pixar Nominated

Best Foreign Language Film[edit]

Though there are animated foreign language films nominated for other awards, only one animated film has been nominated in Best Foreign Language Film category.

Year Film Award Recipient(s) Studio Result
2008
(81st)
Waltz with Bashir Ari Folman Bridgit Folman Film Gang, Les Films d'Ici, Razor Film Produktion Nominated

Writing (Screenplay) Categories[edit]

Best Adapted Screenplay[edit]

Year Film Award Recipient(s) Studio Result
2001
(74th)
Shrek Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, Roger S. H. Schulman DreamWorks Animation, Pacific Data Images Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Toy Story 3 Michael Arndt (screenplay), John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich (story) Disney, Pixar Nominated

Best Original Screenplay[edit]

Year Film Award Recipient(s) Studio Result
1995
(68th)
Toy Story Andrew Stanton (screenplay and story), Joss Whedon, Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow (screenplay), John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Joe Ranft (story) Disney, Pixar Nominated
2003
(76th)
Finding Nemo Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, David Reynolds Disney, Pixar Nominated
2004
(77th)
The Incredibles Brad Bird Disney, Pixar Nominated
2007
(80th)
Ratatouille Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, Jim Capobianco Disney, Pixar Nominated
2008
(81st)
WALL-E Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter Disney, Pixar Nominated
2009
(82nd)
Up Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Tom McCarthy Disney, Pixar Nominated
2015
(88th)
Inside Out Josh Cooley, Ronnie del Carmen, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve Disney, Pixar Nominated

Music Awards[edit]

Best Original Score[edit]

Year Film Award Recipient(s) Studio Result
1937
(10th)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Walt Disney Studio Music Department, Leigh Harline, head of department (Score by Frank Churchill, Harline and Paul Smith) Disney Nominated
1939
(12th)
Gulliver's Travels Victor Young Fleischer Studios Nominated
1940
(13th)
Pinocchio Leigh Harline and Paul J. Smith (composers); Ned Washington (lyricist) Disney Won
1941
(14th)
Dumbo Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace Disney Won
1950
(23rd)
Cinderella Oliver Wallace, Paul Smith Disney Nominated
1951
(24th)
Alice in Wonderland Oliver Wallace Disney Nominated
1959
(32nd)
Sleeping Beauty George Bruns Disney Nominated
1963
(36th)
The Sword in the Stone George Bruns Disney Nominated
1970
(43rd)
A Boy Named Charlie Brown music by Rod McKuen, John Scott Trotter; lyrics by Rod McKuen, Bill Meléndez; Al Shean; adaptation score by Vince Guaraldi Cinema Center Films, Lee Mendelson Films, Melendez Features, United Feature Syndicate Nominated
1989
(62nd)
The Little Mermaid Alan Menken Disney Won
1991
(64th)
Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken Disney Won
1992
(65th)
Aladdin Alan Menken Disney Won
1994
(67th)
The Lion King Hans Zimmer Disney Won
1995
(68th)
Pocahontas Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Orchestral Score by Menken Disney Won
Toy Story Randy Newman Disney, Pixar Nominated
1996
(69th)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Orchestra Score by Menken Disney Nominated
1997
(70th)
Anastasia Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Orchestral Score by David Newman 20th Century Fox Animation, Fox Animation Studios Nominated
1998
(71st)
A Bug's Life Randy Newman Disney, Pixar Nominated
Mulan Music by Matthew Wilder; Lyrics by David Zippel; Orchestral Score by Jerry Goldsmith Disney Nominated
The Prince of Egypt Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Orchestral Score by Hans Zimmer DreamWorks Animation Nominated
2001
(74th)
Monsters, Inc. Randy Newman Disney, Pixar Nominated
2003
(76th)
Finding Nemo Thomas Newman Disney, Pixar Nominated
2007
(80th)
Ratatouille Michael Giacchino Disney, Pixar Nominated
2008
(81st)
WALL•E Thomas Newman Disney, Pixar Nominated
2009
(82nd)
Up Michael Giacchino Disney, Pixar Won
Fantastic Mr. Fox Alexandre Desplat 20th Century Fox Animation, Indian Paintbrush, Regency Enterprises, American Empirical Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Dune Entertainment Nominated
2010
(83rd)
How to Train Your Dragon John Powell DreamWorks Animation Nominated
2011
(84th)
The Adventures of Tintin John Williams Nickelodeon Movies, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, WingNut Films, Hemisphere Media Capital Nominated

Best Original Song[edit]

Since the category's inception in 1934, twelve animated films have won this music category, with Disney winning eleven (three with Pixar), and DreamWorks winning one. Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994) both had three nominations in this category, the first and second films to do so.

Wet Blanket Policy, a 1948 Woody Woodpecker short cartoon, was also nominated for Best Original Song. "The Woody Woodpecker" song was written by George Tibbles and Ramey Idriess and was nominated for the 21st Academy Awards (21st). It is the only animated short subject to be nominated in a traditionally feature film category.

Year Film Song/Award Recipient(s) Studio Result
1939
(12th)
Gulliver's Travels "Faithful/Forever"
Ralph Rainger (Music), Leo Robin (Lyric)
Fleischer Studios Nominated
1940
(13th)
Pinocchio "When You Wish Upon a Star"
Leigh Harline (Music), Ned Washington (Lyric)
Disney Won
1941
(14th)
Dumbo "Baby Mine"
Frank Churchill (Music), Ned Washington (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
1942
(15th)
Bambi "Love Is a Song"
Frank Churchill (Music), Larry Morey (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
1950
(23rd)
Cinderella "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo""
Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston
Disney Nominated
1967
(40th)
The Jungle Book "The Bare Necessities""
Terry Gilkyson
Disney Nominated
1973
(46th)
Robin Hood "Love"
George Bruns (Music), Floyd Huddleston (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
1977
(50th)
The Rescuers "Someone's Waiting for You"
Sammy Fain (Music), Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
1986
(59th)
An American Tail "Somewhere Out There"
James Horner and Barry Mann (Music), Cynthia Weil (Lyric)
Sullivan Bluth Studios, Amblin Entertainment Nominated
1989
(62nd)
The Little Mermaid "Under the Sea"
Alan Menken (Music), Howard Ashman (Lyric)
Disney Won
"Kiss the Girl"
Alan Menken (Music), Howard Ashman (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
1991
(64th)
Beauty and the Beast "Beauty and the Beast"
Alan Menken (Music), Howard Ashman (Lyric)
Disney Won
"Be Our Guest"
Alan Menken (Music), Howard Ashman (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
"Belle"
Alan Menken (Music), Howard Ashman (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
1992
(65th)
Aladdin "A Whole New World"
Alan Menken (Music), Tim Rice (Lyric)
Disney Won
"Friend Like Me"
Alan Menken (Music), Howard Ashman (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
1994
(67th)
The Lion King "Can You Feel the Love Tonight"
Elton John (Music), Tim Rice (Lyric)
Disney Won
"Circle of Life"
Elton John (Music), Tim Rice (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
"Hakuna Matata"
Elton John (Music), Tim Rice (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
1995
(68th)
Pocahontas "Colors of the Wind"
Alan Menken (Music), Stephen Schwartz (Lyric)
Disney Won
Toy Story "You've Got a Friend in Me"
Randy Newman
Disney, Pixar Nominated
1997
(70th)
Hercules "Go the Distance"
Alan Menken (Music), David Zippel (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
Anastasia "Journey to the Past"
Stephen Flaherty (Music), Lynn Ahrens (Lyric)
20th Century Fox Animation, Fox Animation Studios Nominated
1998
(71st)
The Prince of Egypt "When You Believe"
Stephen Schwartz (Music and Lyrics)
DreamWorks Animation Won
Quest for Camelot "The Prayer"
David Foster and Carol Bayer Sager (Music), David Foster, Carol Bayer Sager and Alberto Testa (Lyric)
Warner Bros. Feature Animation Nominated
1999
(72nd)
Tarzan "You'll Be in My Heart"
Phil Collins (Music and Lyrics)
Disney Won
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut "Blame Canada"
Trey Parker and Marc Shaiman (Music and Lyric)
Comedy Central Films, Scott Rudin Productions, Braniff Productions Nominated
Toy Story 2 "When She Loved Me"
Randy Newman (Music and Lyric)
Disney, Pixar Nominated
2000
(73rd)
The Emperor's New Groove "My Funny Friend and Me"
David Hartley and Sting (Music), Sting (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
2001
(74th)
Monsters, Inc. "If I Didn't Have You"
Randy Newman (Music and Lyric)
Disney, Pixar Won
2002
(75th)
The Wild Thornberrys Movie "Father and Daughter"
Paul Simon (Music and Lyric)
Nickelodeon Movies, Klasky Csupo Nominated
2003
(76th)
The Triplets of Belleville "Belleville Rendez-Vous"
Benoît Charest (Music), Sylvain Chomet (Lyric)
Les Armateurs, Production Champion, Vivi Film, France 3 Cinéma Nominated
2004
(77th)
Shrek 2 "Accidentally in Love"
Jim Bogios, David Bryson, Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, David Immerglück and Matthew Malley (Music), Adam Duritz and Daniel Vickrey (Lyric)
DreamWorks Animation Nominated
The Polar Express "Believe"
Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri (Music and Lyric)
Castle Rock Entertainment, Shangri-La Entertainment, ImageMovers Nominated
2006
(79th)
Cars "Our Town"
Randy Newman (Music and Lyric)
Disney, Pixar Nominated
2008
(81st)
WALL-E "Down to Earth"
Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman (Music), Peter Gabriel (Lyric)
Disney, Pixar Nominated
2009
(82nd)
The Princess and the Frog "Almost There"
Randy Newman (Music and Lyric)
Disney Nominated
"Down in New Orleans"
Randy Newman (Music and Lyric)
Disney Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Toy Story 3 "We Belong Together"
Randy Newman (Music and Lyric)
Disney, Pixar Won
Tangled "I See the Light"
Alan Menken (Music), Glenn Slater (Lyric)
Disney Nominated
2011
(84th)
Rio "Real in Rio"
Carlinhos Brown and Sérgio Mendes (Music), Siedah Garrett (Lyric)
Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox Animation Nominated
2013
(86th)
Frozen "Let It Go"
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (Music and Lyric)
Disney Won
Despicable Me 2 "Happy"
Pharrell Williams (Music and Lyric)
Illumination Entertainment Nominated
2014
(87th)
The Lego Movie "Everything Is Awesome"
Shawn Patterson (Music and Lyric)
Village Roadshow Pictures, Lego System A/S, Vertigo Entertainment, Warner Animation Group Nominated
2016
(89th)
Trolls "Can't Stop the Feeling!"
Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster) (Music and Lyric)
DreamWorks Animation Nominated
Moana "How Far I'll Go"
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Music and Lyric)
Disney Nominated
2017
(90th)
Coco "Remember Me"

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson Lopez (Music and Lyric)

Disney, Pixar Won

Sound Categories[edit]

Best Sound Editing[edit]

Year Film Award Recipient(s) Studio Result
1992
(65th)
Aladdin Mark Mangini Disney Nominated
2001
(73rd)
Monsters, Inc. Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers Disney, Pixar Nominated
2003
(76th)
Finding Nemo Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers Disney, Pixar Nominated
2004
(77th)
The Incredibles Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers Disney, Pixar Won
The Polar Express Randy Thom and Dennis Leonard Castle Rock Entertainment, Shangri-La Entertainment, ImageMovers Nominated
2007
(80th)
Ratatouille Randy Thom and Michael Silvers Disney, Pixar Nominated
2008
(81st)
WALL-E Ben Burtt and Matthew Wood Disney, Pixar Nominated
2009
(82nd)
Up Michael Silvers and Tom Myers Disney, Pixar Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Toy Story 3 Tom Myers and Michael Silvers Disney, Pixar Nominated

Best Sound Mixing[edit]

Year Film Award Recipient(s) Studio Result
1942
(15th)
Bambi Sam Slyfield Disney Nominated
1950
(15th)
Cinderella C. O. Slyfield Disney Nominated
1991
(64th)
Beauty and the Beast Terry Porter, Mel Metcalfe, David J. Hudson and Doc Kane Disney Nominated
1992
(65th)
Aladdin Terry Porter, Mel Metcalfe, David J. Hudson and Doc Kane Disney Nominated
2004
(77th)
The Incredibles Randy Thom, Gary Rizzo, and Doc Kane Disney, Pixar Nominated
The Polar Express Randy Thom, Tom Johnson, Dennis S. Sands, and William B. Kaplan Castle Rock Entertainment

Shangri-La Entertainment ImageMovers

Nominated
2007
(80th)
Ratatouille Randy Thom, Michael Semanick and Doc Kane Disney, Pixar Nominated
2008
(81st)
WALL-E Tom Myers, Michael Semanick and Ben Burtt Disney, Pixar Nominated

Visual Effects[edit]

With the nomination of Kubo and the Two Strings in 2016, two animated films are nominated for Best Visual Effects, the first animated film to get the nomination was The Nightmare Before Christmas in 1993.

Year Film Award Recipient(s) Studio Result
1993
(66th)
The Nightmare Before Christmas Pete Kozachik, Eric Leighton, Ariel Velasco Shaw and Gordon Baker Disney, Skellington Productions Nominated
2016
(89th)
Kubo and the Two Strings Steve Emerson, Oliver Jones, Brian McLean, and Brad Schiff Laika, Focus Features Nominated

Honorary Awards and Special Achievement Awards[edit]

Honorary Awards and Special Achievement Award are given to celebrate noted achievements in motion picture arts.

Honorary Awards[edit]

A handful of the honorary award recipients are awarded in their achievements in animated feature films.

Year Award Recipient(s) Citation
1931/1932
(5th)
Walt Disney "for the creation of Mickey Mouse"
1938
(11th)
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"
1941
(14th)
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
Leopold Stokowski and his associates "for their unique achievement in the creation of a new form of visualized music in Walt Disney's production, Fantasia, thereby widening the scope of the motion picture as entertainment and as an art form"
1943
(16th)
George Pal "for the development of novel methods and techniques in the production of short subjects known as Puppetoons"
1978
(51st)
Walter Lantz "for bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world through his unique animated motion pictures"
2014
(87th)
Hayao Miyazaki "has deeply influenced animation forever, inspiring generations of artists to work in our medium and illuminate its limitless potential..."

Special Achievement Awards[edit]

Year Award Recipient(s) Citation
1988
(61st)
Richard Williams "for the animation direction of Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
1995
(68th)
John Lasseter "for his inspired leadership of the Pixar Toy Story team, resulting in the first feature-length computer-animated film"[1][2][3]

Live-action/animated films[edit]

Live-action animated film blends various traditional animation or computer animation in live action films.

Competitive Awards[edit]

Year Film Category Award Recipient(s) Result
1942
(16th)
Saludos Amigos Best Musical Score Edward H. Plumb, Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott Nominated
Best Original Song Charles Wolcott (Music), Ned Washington (Lyric)
for "Saludos Amigos"
Nominated
Best Sound Recording C. O. Slyfield, Walt Disney Studio Sound Department Nominated
Victory Through Air Power Best Dramatic Score Edward H. Plumb, Paul J. Smith and Oliver Wallace Nominated
1945
(18th)
Anchors Aweigh Best Motion Picture Joe Pasternak Nominated
Best Actor Gene Kelly Nominated
Best Musical Score Georgie Stoll Won
Best Original Song Jule Styne (Music), Sammy Cahn (Lyric)
for "I Fall in Love Too Easily"
Nominated
Best Cinematography, Color Robert Planck and Charles P. Boyle Nominated
The Three Caballeros Best Musical Score Edward H. Plumb, Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott Nominated
Best Sound Recording C. O. Slyfield, Walt Disney Studio Sound Department Nominated
1946
(20th)
Song of the South Best Original Song Allie Wrubel (Music), Ray Gilbert (Lyric)
for "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah"
Won
Best Musical Score Daniele Amfitheatrof, Paul J. Smith and Charles Wolcott Nominated
1949
(22nd)
So Dear to My Heart Best Original Song Eliot Daniel (Music), Larry Morey (Lyric)
for "Lavender Blue"
Nominated
1964
(37th)
Mary Poppins Best Picture Walt Disney and Bill Walsh Nominated
Best Director Robert Stevenson Nominated
Best Actress Julie Andrews Won
Best Adapted Screenplay Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi Nominated
Best Original Song Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (Music and Lyric)
for "Chim Chim Cher-ee"
Won
Best Original Score Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Won
Best Adaptation or Treatment Score Irwin Kostal Nominated
Best Sound Mixing Robert O. Cook Nominated
Best Art Direction, Color Carroll Clark and William H. Tuntke (Art Direction), Emile Kuri and Hal Gausman (Set Decoration) Nominated
Best Cinematography, Color Edward Colman Nominated
Best Costume Design, Color Tony Walton Nominated
Best Film Editing Cotton Warburton Won
Best Visual Effects Peter Ellenshaw, Hamilton Luske and Eustace Lycett Won
1971
(44th)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Best Original Song Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (Music and Lyric)
for "The Age of Not Believing"
Nominated
Best Adaptation or Treatment Score Irwin Kostal, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Nominated
Best Art Direction John B. Mansbridge and Peter Ellenshaw (Art Direction), Emile Kuri and Hal Gausman (Set Decoration) Nominated
Best Costume Design, Color Bill Thomas Nominated
Best Visual Effects Alan Maley, Eustace Lycett, Danny Lee Won

Honorary Awards[edit]

Year Award Recipient(s) Citation
1946
(20th)
James Baskett "for his able and heart-warming characterization of Uncle Remus, friend and story teller to the children of the world in Walt Disney's Song of the South"
1949
(22nd)
Bobby Driscoll "as the outstanding juvenile actor of 1949" (for his roles in So Dear to My Heart and The Window)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1995 Academy Awards". infoplease. Retrieved January 31, 2009. 
  2. ^ King, Susan (September 30, 2015). "How 'Toy Story' changed the face of animation, taking off 'like an explosion'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Three Pixar execs get special Oscars". San Francisco Chronicle. February 1, 1996. Retrieved March 12, 2009.