Academy Award for Best Animated Feature

film category of the Academy Awards (Oscars)

The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature is the award for the best animated movie. It is given each year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Academy Awards, or Oscars, are the oldest award for movies. This award for animation was started in 2001.

Academy Award for Best Animated Feature
Awarded forThe best animated film with a running time of more than 40 minutes, a significant number of the major characters animated, and at least 75 percent of the picture's running time including animation.
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS)
First awarded2001 (for Shrek)
Most recent winnerSoul (2020)

Only movies at least 40 minutes long are eligible for the award.

The Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards have followed the academy's example. Both now present similar awards.



The following table shows the nominees and the winners. The winners are in bold print with a yellow background.

Year Movie Recipient
Shrek (DreamWorks/PDI) Aron Warner
Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (Paramount/Nickelodeon) John A. Davis
Steve Oedekerk
Monsters, Inc. (Disney/Pixar) Pete Docter
John Lasseter
Spirited Away (Studio Ghibli) Hayao Miyazaki
Ice Age (Fox/Blue Sky) Chris Wedge
Lilo & Stitch (Disney) Chris Sanders
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (DreamWorks) Jeffrey Katzenberg
Treasure Planet (Disney) Ron Clements
Finding Nemo (Disney/Pixar) Andrew Stanton
Brother Bear (Disney) Aaron Blaise
Robert Walker
The Triplets of Belleville (Diaphana Films) Sylvain Chomet
The Incredibles (Disney/Pixar) Brad Bird
Shark Tale (DreamWorks/PDI) Bill Damaschke
Shrek 2 (DreamWorks/PDI) Andrew Adamson
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Aardman/DreamWorks) Steve Box
Nick Park
Corpse Bride (Warner Bros.) Tim Burton
Mike Johnson
Howl's Moving Castle (Studio Ghibli) Hayao Miyazaki
Happy Feet (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow/Animal Logic) George Miller
Cars (Disney/Pixar) John Lasseter
Monster House (Columbia/Amblin/ImageMovers Digital) Gil Kenan
Ratatouille (Disney/Pixar) Brad Bird
Persepolis (Sony Pictures Classics) Marjane Satrapi
Vincent Paronnaud
Surf's Up (Columbia/Sony Pictures Animation) Ash Brannon
Chris Buck
WALL-E (Disney/Pixar) Andrew Stanton
Bolt (Disney) Chris Williams
Byron Howard
Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks/PDI) John Wayne Stevenson
Mark Osborne
Up (Disney/Pixar) Pete Docter
Coraline (Focus Features/LAIKA) Henry Selick
Fantastic Mr. Fox (20th Century Fox/Regency) Wes Anderson
The Princess and the Frog (Disney) John Musker
Ron Clements
The Secret of Kells (Cartoon Saloon) Tomm Moore
Nora Twomey
Toy Story 3 (Disney/Pixar) Lee Unkrich
How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks/PDI) Chris Sanders
Dean DeBlois
The Illusionist (Pathé Pictures/Sony Pictures Classics) Sylvain Chomet
Rango (Paramount/Nickelodeon/Blind Wink/GK Films/ILM) Gore Verbinski
A Cat in Paris (Folimage with Digit Anima, France 3 Cinéma, Lumière, Lunanime, Radio Télévision Belge Francophone) Alain Gagnol
Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & Rita (Isle of Man Film/Magic Light Pictures/Disney/CinemaNX) Fernando Trueba
Javier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2 (DreamWorks) Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Puss in Boots (DreamWorks) Chris Miller



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