Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

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Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded 1932
Currently held by Alan Barillaro
Marc Sondheimer
Piper (2016)

The Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film is an award given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) as part of the Academy Awards annually since the 5th Academy Awards, covering the year 1931–32, to the present.

This category was known as "Short Subjects, Cartoons" from 1932 until 1970, and as "Short Subjects, Animated Films" from 1971 to 1973. The present title began with the 1974 awards. In the listings below, the title shown in boldface was the winner of the award, followed by the other nominees for that year. This category is notable for giving Walt Disney 12 of his 22 Academy Awards, including a posthumous 1968 award, and also 10 of the first 11 awards awarded in the category. Only American films were nominated for the award until 1952.

MGM's Tom and Jerry are the category's most lauded animated series, winning seven Oscars and being nominated for a total of 13. Among foreign studios, the National Film Board of Canada has the most wins in this category, with six Oscars. The biggest showing from Britain in this category is Nick Park, with three wins (for Creature Comforts and two for the Wallace and Gromit series.)

Awards were presented to the shorts' producers during the first five decades of the award's existence. Current Academy rules call for the award to be presented to "the individual person most directly responsible for the concept and the creative execution of the film. In the event that more than one individual has been directly and importantly involved in creative decisions, a second statuette may be awarded".[1] The Academy defines short as being "not more than 40 minutes, including all credits".[2]






Name of award changed to Short Subjects (Animated Films)

Name of award changed to Short Films (Animated Films)






For this Academy Award category, the following superlatives emerge:[4]

  • Most awards: Walt Disney15 awards (resulting from 49 nominations)
  • Most nominations: Walt Disney49 nominations (resulting in 15 awards)

Multiple nominations and awards

The following is a list of animation studios that earned multiple nominations and awards in this category.

Studio Nominations Awards
Disney 49 18
MGM 20 9
National Film Board of Canada 35 6
WB 26 5
Pixar 13 4
United Productions of America 14 3
Aardman 8 3
Channel 4 6 2
Hubley 4 2
BBC 3 2
Rembrandt 5 1
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada 4 1
Brandon 3 1
Passion Pictures Animation 3 1
Blue Sky 3 1
DePatie-Freleng 2 1
Fred Wolf 2 1
Stephen Bosustow 2 1
Motionpicker 2 1
Walter Lantz 10 0
Screen Gems 6 0
National Film & Television School 6 0
Fleischer 4 0
Terrytoons 4 0
Will Vinton 3 0
Pathe Contemporary 3 0
Harman-Ising 2 0
Dago 2 0
Michael Mills 2 0
Pyramid 2 0
TVC London 2 0
S4C 2 0
Brown Bag 2 0
Magic Light 2 0
Melnitsa 2 0
Bitter 2 0

See also


  1. ^ (2007). Rule 19, Section III, Paragraph 7 80th Academy Award Rules for Distinguished Achievements Archived April 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved March 29, 2008.
  2. ^ Rule Nineteen: Short Films Awards Archived 2007-10-17 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
  3. ^ "The 28th Academy Awards (1955) Nominees and Winners – Short Subject (Cartoon)". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved June 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Academy Award Statistics Archived 2009-03-01 at the Wayback Machine.
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