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March 20

March 20, 2014 – The Broadway Musical Aladdin Officially Opens

“Proud of your boy, I’ll make you proud of your boy, believe me.”

On March 20, 2014, after a little over three weeks of previews, the newest Disney Broadway musical Aladdin officially opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The musical, based on the hit 1992 animated feature film, includes several of the popular musical numbers; it also features three songs that were originally cut from the film: “Proud of Your Boy,” “Babak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim,” and “High Adventure.” Four new songs were also introduced in the narrative: “These Palace Walls,” “A Million Miles Away,” “Diamond in the Rough,” and “Somebody’s Got Your Back.” The show would go on to be nominated for five Tony awards, winning Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for James Monroe Iglehart’s performance as Genie. The original Broadway cast starred Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as Genie, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar.

March 10

March 10, 1948 – Bambi Wins Special Golden Globe Award

On March 10, 1948, the 5th Golden Globe Awards were held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Walt Disney was awarded with the Special Achievement Award for the animated feature Bambi; he was specifically awarded for “Furthering the Influence of the Screen” for the Hindustani version of the animated feature. This is the only time this specific special award has ever been awarded.

February 28

February 28, 2016 – Inside Out Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

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“We are so lucky. Not just us, but everyone in this room because regardless of gold man or not, we get to make stuff.”- Pete Docter

On February 28, 2016, the 88th Annual Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Nominated for two awards, the Pixar animated feature Inside Out scored one award in the form of Best Animated Feature. The film won against such films as Paramount Pictures’ Anomalisa, Espaço Filmes Boy and the World, Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep Movie, and Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie was There.

February 27

February 27, 1941 – Pinocchio Takes Home Two Academy Awards

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“When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true.”

On February 27, 1941, the 13th Annual Academy Awards were held at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Disney’s second animated feature Pinocchio became the first animated feature film to win competitive Academy Awards, scoring two for its music: Best Original Score (Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, and Ned Washington), and Best Original Song for “When You Wish upon a Star” (Leigh Harline and Ned Washington). Both categories featured stiff competition, as the music was up against films such as Rebecca, The Thief of Bagdad, and Down Argentine Way.

February 24

February 24, 2008 – Ratatouille Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

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“…I also want to thank my junior high guidance counselor…where he asked me ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ And I said, ‘I wanna make movies!’ And he said, ‘What else do you want to do with your life?’” – Director Brad Bird

On February 24, 2008, the 80th Academy Awards were held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California. Though receiving five nominations, Pixar’s animated feature film Ratatouille walked away with one: Best Animated Feature. This award gives Pixar its third Academy Award in this category. The film won against Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Persepolis and Ash Brannon and Chris Buck’s Surf’s Up.

February 22

February 22, 2015 – Big Hero 6 Wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

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“We would really like to thank the Academy for honoring our film…this has been an amazing year for animated films, and we are privileged to be in your company.” – Don Hall, Co-Director for Big Hero 6

On February 22, 2015, the 87th Academy Awards were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. Walt Disney Animation Studios walked away with the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature for the movie Big Hero 6, giving the studio its second Academy Award in this category after the previous year’s win for Frozen. The film was the winner against such films as The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya.

January 25

January 25, 2011 – Disney Scores 13 Academy Award Nominations

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“Only a handful of sequels have ever been nominated so we really didn’t think the best picture nomination was in the cards for us. The fact that we did get nominated in that category makes us very, very proud.”

On January 25, 2011, the nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. The Walt Disney Company managed to secure 13 nominations, with Toy Story 3 receiving five (Best Picture, Best Animated Feature Film, Adapted Screenplay, Original Song, and Sound Editing), the Pixar short Day and Night receiving one (Best Animated Short Film), Tangled receiving one (Best Original Song), Alice in Wonderland receiving three (Achievement in Costume Design, Art Direction, and Achievement in Visual Effects), TRON: Legacy receiving one (Achievement in Sound Editing), Iron Man 2 receiving one (Achievement in Visual Effects), and The Tempest receiving one (Achievement in Costume Design). In the end, Disney would walk away with four: Best Animated Feature for Toy Story 3, Best Original Song for “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3, and Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design for Alice in Wonderland.