16 Oscars Awarded for Best Animated Short Film in the 21st Century
The Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film was first awarded in 1932. The award is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It’s been given annually since the 5th Academy Awards. The definition of “short” in the award is a film that doesn’t go beyond 40 minutes and that includes all the opening and closing credits. From 1932 to 1970, the films under this category were classified as “Short Subjects, Cartoons” and later changed to “Short Subjects, Animated Films” from 1971 to 1973.
Walt Disney owns the most number of Best Animated Short Film trophies, winning 15 out of his 49 Academy Award nominations. Another notable animated series is MGM’s Tom and Jerry, which won seven times out of its 13 nominations. The 89th winner of the award is the 2016 short film, Piper by Alan Barilio and Marc Sondheimer.