But his award this night was different. As anyone who is a fan of Disney already knows, Walt was presented an Honorary Academy Award for Snow White's "significant screen innovation which has charmed millions and pioneered a great new entertainment field for the motion picture cartoon".
The Oscar consisted of one full size statue and seven miniatures. Shirley Temple, after presenting the award, said, "Aren’t you proud of it Mr. Disney?" Walt replied “I’m so proud I think I’ll bust.”
Walt Disney holds the record for winning the most Academy Awards with 22 wins in the competitive categories. He was also the recipient of 3 Honorary Awards and an Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Walt holds the record for most nominations as well with a total of 59.
His Oscars including the Snow White set are on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco as seen in the video below.
Unfortunately that color image was only tinted. Interesting footnote though: Shirley Temple actually thought at the time that Snow White got the shaft; she thought that the large Oscar was for Walt and that the little ones for the Dwarfs...she felt bad that Snow had been ignored!ReplyDelete