February 29, 2004 – Finding Nemo Wins Best Animated Feature Academy Award
“Finding Nemo would have never been possible if it wasn’t for the extraordinary filmmaking environment created at Pixar Animation Studios by John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, and Steve Jobs.” – Director Andrew Stanton
On February 29, 2004, the 76th Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. Nominated for four different awards, Pixar’s fifth animated feature scored a win for Best Animated Feature, beating out Disney’s Brother Bear and the French animated feature Les Triplettes de Belleville. This was director Andrew Stanton’s first Academy Award for his work at Pixar. Finding Nemo’s other nominations included Best Original Score for Thomas Newman, Best Sound Editing for Gary Rydstrom and Michael Silvers, and Best Original Screenplay for Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson, and David Reynolds.