All of Disney's nominations came in the Short Subject and Documentary categories. The only feature film he produced that was nominated for Best Picture was Mary Poppins in 1964. It received the awards for Best Actress (Julie Andrews), Song, Original Score, and Special Visual Effects, but lost the Best Picture Oscar to My Fair Lady.

Disney's inexplicable success at the Oscars was due in part to his habit of taking sole credit on the films created at his studio (his first honorary Oscar was for the creation of Mickey Mouse despite the fact that he actually co-created the character with Ub Iwerks, who was not recognized in the Academy tribute). Of all the honors he received from the Academy, the only one that was shared by any collaborators was a Special Award for the sound recording on Fantasia, which also honored William E. Garity and J.N.A. Hawkins of RCA Manufacturing Company. None of the creative team for any Disney-produced short subject received Academy recognition until after his death, when long-time Disney animator and director Wolfgang Reitherman finally received a nomination in his own name for the classic 1974 animated short Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!

Mickey Mouse's co-creator Ub Iwerks ultimately received two technical achevement Oscars; for the design of an improved optical printer for special effects and matte shots, and for the conception and perfection of techniques for Color Traveling Matte Composite Cinematography. The latter award was shared with Petro Vlahos.

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