The Top 15 Best Animated Short Oscar Winners (2022)

In the age before full-length animated features like Encanto, Toy Story and Frozen became a viable medium in the industry, the art form gained popularity through theatrically released animated short films. Between major studio cartoons and independent experimentation, the vast library of animated shorts continue to showcase the most revolutionary and compelling advancements in storytelling technology.

For over 90 years, the Academy Awards have honored animation trendsetters and trailblazers with the Best Animated Short Oscar. Here is a list of 15 of the most important and memorable animated shorts to win the Academy Award.

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15. The ChubbChubbs! (2002)

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Long before Miles Morales took his leap of faith into the Spider-Verse and longer before the Mitchells took on the machines, Sony Pictures ImageWorks’ first animated production brought home Oscar gold with The ChubbChubbs! The 2002 short stars a washed-up alien janitor who dreams of life on the karaoke stage as an impending race known as “the chubbchubbs” invades his local cantina. The second non-Pixar CGI ever short to win the award, The ChubbChubbs features charmingly elastic animation and enough wall-to-wall sci-fi cameos to fill a star cruiser.

14. The Old Mill (1937)

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Winner of the 1937 trophy, The Old Mill is classic Disney animation at its most atmospheric. The emotions of the short, which shows an aged windmill weathering the seasons, are built entirely on the heights of its music and ambiance of its environment. The short’s depth of field, complex naturalistic effects and illusion of space were made possible by the multi-plane camera the Disney studio had developed for use on their animated features.

13. Birds Anonymous (1957)

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Friz Freling’s 1957 short Birds Anonymous is the second Tweety cartoon and among the only five Looney Tunes shorts to ever win the Oscar. While most Sylvester and Tweety cartoons pit the iconic duo in a fight for survival, this short finds the bad old putty tat turning over a new leaf in kicking his addictive dependency on birds, which proves more difficult with every passing minute. With a sympathetic performance from Mel Blanc and hilariously dramatic direction, Birds Anonymous proves to be a biting satire of addiction that may hit a little too close to home.

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12. The Yankee Doodle Mouse (1943)

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Tom and Jerry’s first Oscar win, 1943’s The Yankee Doodle Mouse, later titled Mouse at War, is wartime cartoon slapstick at its most patriotic. In an emulation of trench warfare, the cat and mouse team use every household means at their disposal to wage all-out war on each other in their basement. From cheese grater Jeeps to firecracker rifles, Yankee Doodle Mouse served as an early standard for the kind of carnage Tom and Jerry would wreak for decades to come.

11. Knighty Knight Bugs (1958)

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Knighty Knight Bugs remains Bugs Bunny’s only Oscar win and the last Looney Tunes short to bring home the award for Warner Bros. In a medieval quest for the magical singing sword, Bugs faces off against the Black Knight (Yosemite Sam) in a battle of wisecracks, lack-wits and a fire breathing dragon. Directed again by Friz Freling, it is a shining example of Bugs’ charisma in the face of arrogant and persistent opposition.

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10. A Christmas Carol (1971)

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Legendary animator and director Richard Williams, who most famously brought the toons of Who Framed Roger Rabbit to life, renders Charles Dickens’ immortal classic in hand-drawn splendor. Winner of the 1972 Oscar, Williams’ adaptation employs insanely complex layouts and fluid animation to simulate rapid camera movements for an all-around cerebral and tapestry-like take on the classic story.

9. Der Fuehrer's Face (1942)

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The only Donald Duck cartoon to receive the Academy Award, Der Fuehrer’s Face remains one of the most elusive and controversial Disney cartoons of all time. The slanderously satirical cartoon finds Donald in totalitarian “NutsyLand”, where everyone is forced to work like slaves “48 hours a day” and salute “Heil Hitler” every minute. Seldom released officially by Disney in the modern age, evident images and clips of this short taken out of context have fallen in and out of speculation over the nature of its very existence and the political standings of the Disney legacy. What ultimately amounts to a patriotic propaganda cartoon plays out as an absurdist caricature of wartime fears and a gag-a-minute cartoon among Donald’s very best.

8. Three Little Pigs (1933)

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Before Avengers: Endgame and even Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first Disney blockbuster hit came in the form of a humble adaptation of a classic fable. Three Little Pigs became one of Walt Disney’s earliest box office successes, making over 10 times its initial budget and playing in theaters continually for months after its premiere. Even today, the titular pigs and the big bad wolf are among the most globally recognized Disney characters ever through merchandise, park appearances and the song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” among the roster of classic Disney tunes.

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7. Hair Love (2019)

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Premiered before The Angry Birds Movie 2, Sony Pictures Animation’s Hair Love started off as a Kickstarter campaign and went on to become a 2020 Oscar winner! Directed by retired NFL star Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr. and The Proud Family creator Bruce W. Smith, the charmingly heartwarming short tells the story of a father trying to style his daughter’s larger than life hair before a visit with her stylist mother. Hair Love also served as the inspiration for the upcoming HBO Max series Young Love.

6. Dear Basketball (2017)

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s love letter to the game, Dear Basketball brings to life a celebration of passion and drive than made him an all-time sports icon. The 2017 short depicts Bryant’s emotional retirement announcement with animation from Disney legend Glen Keane and a score by John Williams, backing Bryant’s words with a raw beauty that speaks to the power of dreams. The short not only marks the first Oscar win for a professional athlete, but upon Bryant’s death in 2020, would serve as a touching commemoration of the love for the sport that he dedicated his life to.

5. Tin Toy (1988)

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Pixar’s first Oscar win of many and the first CG short to win the award, Tin Toy set a precedent for a lot of the studio’s most familiar trademarks. Tin Toy shows a new toy fresh from the box coming to life and running away from what most toys would consider to be a monster; a cute little baby looking to chew on something. While the comparisons to Toy Story are obvious, the 1995 film was initially conceived to be a spin-off feature of the short starring the one-man band toy Tinny. The original 1988 short also pushed Pixar’s animation beyond anything they had attempted before then, depicting naturalistic lighting and their first human character. Tin Toy’s fanciful look at the mundane world of plastic playthings would become the bedrock for the kinds of stories the studio would tell for years to come.

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4. Paperman (2012)

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Paperman is nothing less than a remarkable testament to Disney innovation. In a seamless blend of 3D and 2D artistry, the 2012 short tells a contemporary fairy tale set in a monochrome metropolis littered with lovelorn paper airplanes. This short was a major stepping stone for the mixed media and technological advancements seen in films like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Netflix’s Arcane, marrying hand-drawn craftsmanship with digital wizardry. Paperman accomplishes what Disney animation today does best; feeling conceptually nostalgic and aesthetically new at the same time.

3. Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom (1953)

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In a ploy to compete with the rise of television, film studios in the 1950s began to employ various gimmicks to entice moviegoers and enhance the spectacle of going to the theater. Along with 3D projection, the most longstanding advancement was the advent of widescreen cinemascope, making the movie-going experience grander than it ever had been. Disney’s first foray into widescreen was 1953’s Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom, a symphonic lecture of the history of musical instruments. Second in their Adventures in Music series, a deviation from their traditional cartooning, the short drapes the vastness of the cinemascope screen with the broad brush of musical history through a choral soundtrack and a stylishly modern expressive design.

2. Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968)

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Ahead of 1977’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, each of the film’s segments were produced and released individually as short featurettes over the course of a decade to slowly build the popularity of Disney’s versions A.A. Milne’s stuffed menagerie. The only Pooh short to win the coveted Oscar, 1968’s Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day stands out as the most iconic Disney Pooh adventure of them all. From the debut of the one and only Tigger to the hallucinatory parade of Heffalumps and Woozles, this short stands as the Hundred Acre Woods’ finest hour through its immortal songs and bouncy animation.

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1. The Wrong Trousers (1993)

The first Oscar win of four for Aardman’s iconic stop-motion duo, Wallace and Gromit are in top form in 1993's The Wrong Trousers. Director Nick Park’s follow-up to the Oscar nominated A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers sees the inventive Wallace (Peter Sallis) and his dog Gromit in the middle of a thrilling Hitchcockian mystery involving robotic trousers, a criminal penguin mastermind and a climactic high-speed chase aboard model-trains. While the preceding A Grand Day Out was a charming trip to the moon, this short set the cinematic standard on which further Aardman productions like A Close Shave and DreamWorks' Chicken Run would build on. The Wrong Trousers goes beyond being an animated short and presents itself with the gravitas and prestige of a classic Hollywood film, with effective tension-building and powerful direction.

FAQs

Who won 10 of the first 12 Oscars animated short film? ›

The present title began with the 1974 awards. 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 12 awards awarded in the category.

What was the first cartoon to win the Best animated Short Oscar? ›

The first film to win in this category was Flowers and Trees by Walt Disney, who has since held the category's record for most nominations (39) and most wins (12).

Has a short film ever won an Oscar? ›

The Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film is an award presented at the annual Academy Awards ceremony. The award has existed, under various names, since 1957.
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Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
Most recent winnerThe Long Goodbye Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed (2021)
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Which of the following won the Oscar for the best animated short film in 2022? ›

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Which animation studio has the most Oscar wins? ›

Pixar has the most wins with eleven and the most nominations with sixteen films of any studio.

What was the first animation to win an Oscar? ›

At the 5th Academy Awards ceremony, on 18 November 1932, the eight-minute “Silly Symphonies” cartoon Flowers and Trees won Walt Disney an Oscar for Best Short Subject (Cartoons) – a category introduced that year.

Has an anime ever won an Oscar? ›

However, in the 20 years of the Best Animated Feature Oscar, only one anime has ever nabbed the award: "Spirited Away" from legendary Japanese director (and frequent retiree) Hayao Miyazaki.

What Pixar movie won the most awards? ›

WALL-E have the most nominations with 6; however, it only won Best Animated Feature. Until now, there's only 4 Pixar animation films that received two or more awards on Oscar, which are The Incredibles, Up, Toy Story 3, and Coco. Out of all the sequels, only Toy Story 3 and 4 received the Oscar accolades.

Has any animated movie won Best Picture? ›

It is still technically possible for an animated film to be nominated and the winner of Best Picture, but none have ever won, despite how many truly amazing animated films there are.

Who wore shorts at the Oscars 2022? ›

In Defense of Wesley Snipes's Red Carpet Bermuda Shorts

Looking at the top half, which featured a jacket with a cropped, squared-off hem and a shirt and bow tie in a matching hue, the only detail that might have seemed out of the ordinary was the silver brooch Snipes pinned to the lapels of his jacket.

Who presented Best animated 2022? ›

However, she noted that, "I have a toddler so I just watched Encanto 190 times." Later, when presenting the award for Best Animated Feature Film, presenter Halle Bailey said, "Animated films make up some of our most formative movie experiences as kids."

Where are the Oscar Nominated Shorts 2022? ›

The films span three categories—live-action, animation, and documentary—and will be available to watch in more than 300 theaters nationwide. The Oscar nominated short films are typically all released together by ShortsTV, but they are not currently on demand for rent or purchase yet.

What is the shortest film to win the Oscar for Best Picture? ›

Marty (1955) was the shortest Best Picture winner at 91 minutes (1 hour, 31 minutes), followed by Annie Hall (1977) at 93 minutes.

What is the shortest film ever made? ›

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What is a short film called? ›

Terms. Short films or movies are sometimes called short subjects. Before 1910 all American movies were short subjects. Another term used for short films is avant-garde or "avant-garde short films".

Has Disney ever won an Oscar? ›

After a few nominations, Disney won its first major Academy Awards for one of its animated features. "Pinocchio" won two Oscars for best original score and best original song, "When You Wish Upon a Star."

Did Encanto win an Oscar? ›

Encanto

Who is the youngest person to win an Oscar? ›

The youngest ever Oscar winner is actress Tatum O'Neal who was only 10 years old when she won Best Supporting Actress for the film 'Paper Moon'.

Who invented Encanto? ›

Encanto is an American animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It was released on November 24, 2021 in the United States and is the 60th animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon. Directed by Byron Howard and Jared Bush, the film was written by Bush and Charise Castro Smith.

What is the only animated Disney movie that has a title character who doesn't speak? ›

Dumbo is the first and only protagonist in a Disney animated feature film to have no spoken dialogue. This was Walt Disney's favorite film made by his studio.

Who won Short Film 2022? ›

Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia have won Best Short Film (Live Action) for The Long Goodbye tonight at the 2022 Oscars. It's Ahmed's first-ever Academy Award.

Which Tom and Jerry episode won an Oscar? ›

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Oscar Winners
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1945"Quiet Please"More info
1946"The Cat Concerto"More info
1949"The Little Orphan"More info
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What was the first Warner Brothers short to win an Oscar? ›

Facing Your Danger won an Oscar at the 19th Academy Awards in 1947 for Best Short Subject (One-Reel).

Who will win Best Live Action Short Film? ›

THE LONG GOODBYE Wins 2022 Oscar for Live Action Short Film.

Has Taylor Swift won an Oscar? ›

Taylor Swift

Who won at the Oscars? ›

Academy Awards

Who is up for best actor 2022? ›

Actor in a Leading Role
  • Will Smith. King Richard.
  • Javier Bardem. Being the Ricardos.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch. The Power of the Dog.
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  • Denzel Washington. The Tragedy of Macbeth.

Is Tom and Jerry the greatest cartoon ever? ›

Hollywood-based Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced perhaps the finest cartoon series of all time. Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, Tom and Jerry cartoons have delighted millions from the 1940s to the present.

Did Bugs Bunny win an Oscar? ›

Knighty Knight Bugs is the only Bugs Bunny cartoon to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, which was awarded in 1959. The short was later included in the 1981 compilation film The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie.

Did Daffy Duck win an Oscar? ›

Daffy Duck never won an Oscar.

Who won best picture in 1939? ›

Gone with the Wind (Best Picture winner)

How many Oscar won by Warner Bros? ›

Meanwhile, Warner Bros topped all studios with seven statuettes — six for Dune along with Will Smith's Best Actor win for King Richard — followed by Disney, whose tally includes two of its own, three for Searchlight Pictures and one for Hulu.

What movie is most likely to win best picture? ›

At the top of the list are James Cameron's “Avatar: The Way of Water” and Ryan Coogler's “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Next on the docket is “She Said” from Maria Schrader, which will premiere at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 13.

What are the Oscar nominated animated shorts? ›

Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated)

What will win Best Picture 2022? ›

“With 12 nominations, 'The Power of the Dog' should win, even if it's a dark noir western.” “ 'The Power of the Dog' led the field with 12 nominations.
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