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February 27

February 27, 1942 – The Daily Variety Runs Article “Walt Disney Weeps as He Gets Oscar”

“I want to thank everybody here. This is a vote of confidence from the whole industry.”

On February 27, 1942, the Daily Variety ran an article entitled “Walt Disney Weeps as He Gets Oscar,” recounting how Disney received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award the night before at the Academy Awards. The award itself is not an annual award, but awarded periodically to those individuals that brought high quality work to the motion picture industry. Disney was the fourth person to win the award, and he was emotional upon winning, as this seemed to be validation from the film industry for his then-relatively small body of work in animation (which included short films and only four animated feature films: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Dumbo). This award was particularly special for Disney, as the film Fantasia had not done as well as hoped at the box office, and while Disney called it “a [mistake] but it was an honest one,” he was still lauded by the presenter as presenting a new and novel way to educate the public about classical music. Thalberg’s widow Norma Shearer was at the ceremony and gave Disney a kiss after he returned to his seat.

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January 22

February 22, 2004 – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Wins Screen Actors Guild Award

On February 22, 2004, the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were held at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles, California, honoring achievements in film and television. Johnny Depp was awarded for his Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Depp won against such actors as Peter Dinklage, Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, and Sean Penn.

January 5

January 5, 2011 – Toy Story 3 Wins People’s Choice Award

On January 5, 2011, the 37th People’s Choice Awards were held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California. There, the Pixar film Toy Story 3 added to its growing list of accolades by winning the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Family Movie, winning against Despicable Me, How to Train Your Dragon, The Karate Kid, and Shrek Forever After. The film was also nominated for Favorite Movie, but lost to The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

April 23

April 23, 2015 – Doc McStuffins Wins Peabody Award

“Charming, sweet and gently humorous, this animated series, featuring an African-American physician’s daughter who attends to damaged stuffed animals and other broken toys, allays children’s fears about doctor visits even as it promotes medicine as a profession.”

On April 23, 2015 ,the 74th Peabody Awards were held, and the Disney Junior show Doc McStuffins won the award in the Children/Youth category. The show has won several accolades in addition to this, including an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Program.

January 30

January 30, 1995 – The Lion King Soundtrack Wins at American Music Awards

“And can you feel the love tonight? It is where we are, it’s enough for this wide-eyed wanderer that we got this far.”

On January 30, 1995, the 22nd American Music Awards (AMAs) were held, and were broadcast by ABC. The soundtrack for the animated feature film The Lion King was the winner for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, beating out nominees Mariah Carey (for Music Box) and Counting Crows (for August and Everything After.) It was the only nomination and win for the album at the AMAs, but was amongst its many accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children.

November 4

November 4, 1990 – The American Teacher Awards Begin Airing on The Disney Channel

“[Teachers] are probably the best-educated people in our country, who make the most sacrifices, do the most interesting things and should receive the same kind of adulation others in our society get.” – Walt Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner

On November 4, 1990, the American Teacher Awards were kicked off and began airing on The Disney Channel. The idea originally started from a Disney Channel series The Disney Channel Salutes the American Teacher that aired in 1989. Up to 12 awards are given to deserving teachers across the country, with cash awards totaling $250,000. The nominees are chosen by the Educational Steering Committee, an independent group of representatives from several educational organizations. After the awards are given, the honorees vote together for the Outstanding Teacher; the first Outstanding Teacher was Sylvia Anne Washburn from Toledo, Ohio.

June 3

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June 3, 2007 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest Wins Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards

“This is the man who did it all right here, Johnny Depp. Without him, we wouldn’t be here.” – Producer Jerry Bruckheimer

On June 3, 2007, the 2007 MTV Movie Awards were held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. The Disney live-action feature Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest scored two awards at the ceremony, including Best Movie; it beat out other blockbusters 300, Blades of Glory, Borat, and Little Miss Sunshine. Johnny Depp was also awarded Best Performance for his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the film, beating the likes of Beyonce for Dreamgirls and Gerard Butler for 300.