Walter Elias Disney is best known as the creator of Mickey Mouse and, later, of Disneyland theme park near Los Angeles. Before Mickey Mouse was even a thought, however, Disney was a successful cartoonist, finding popularity with a series of cartoons about a girl named Alice and then Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Mickey Mouse, who came shortly after Disney lost the rights to Oswald, catapulted Disney into a new type of fame, and soon he was a household name. By the time he died in 1966, Walt Disney's numerous works had won 22 Oscars and been nominated for many more Academy Awards, Emmys, Golden Globes and other awards.
Walt Disney was nominated for 59 Academy Awards and won 22 of them -- more than any other person in Academy Award history. His first Oscar came in 1932, when he was nominated not for a feature-length movie but for "Best Short Subject, Cartoons" for "Flowers and Trees." He also received an honorary award for the creation of Mickey Mouse that year, as well as a nomination for "Best Short Subject, Cartoon" for "Mickey's Orphans." In 1939 Disney won another honorary award for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the world's first feature-length animation. Yet another honorary award came in 1942 for "Fantasia." In 1954 Disney earned his first two Oscars for his documentary work: the feature-length "The Living Desert" and the short "The Alaskan Eskimo." In 1955 he won another "Best Documentary, Features" award for "The Vanishing Prairie." The rest of Disney's Academy Awards were won for documentary and animated shorts.
Walt Disney was nominated for his first Emmy Award in 1955, for "Best New Personality" although he did not win. Only one year later, however, the award went to Disney as the "Best Producer in a Film Series" for "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color." Walt Disney was nominated twice more for Emmy's, in 1965 and 1966, each time for "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," but each time in a different category. These nominations did not prove fruitful.
Between 1948 and 1954, Walt Disney received three Golden Globe Awards. His first came in 1948 for "Bambi," a special award for "furthering the influence of screen." In 1953 Disney was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award, an achievement award given to those who have made "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment." In 1954 he was given yet another special award for artistic merit in the making of the documentary "The Living Desert." Disney was nominated for no further Golden Globes.
Throughout his career, Walt Disney was recognized many times over throughout the world. Disney was nominated for and won six Venice Film Festival Awards between 1934 and 1950, for such films as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and "Cinderella." The Berlin International Film Festival awarded Disney with a "Special Prize of the Senate of Berlin" in 1954 and that same year was nominated for the "Grand Prize of the Festival" at the Cannes Film Festival although he did not win. This followed his 1953 win of a Jury Special Prize. See Reference 1