Disney Nominated for 15 Academy Awards®

Disney received 15 nominations for the 88th Oscars®, which were announced at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, this morning.

Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens earned nods in five categories, including Visual Effects and Original Score. “I’m deeply honored and grateful to the Academy for this recognition. It’s been a privilege and a joy to revisit the Star Wars galaxy and to work with the brilliant director J.J. Abrams on this very special film,” composer John Williams said upon receiving the nomination—his 50th.

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Disney•Pixar’s animated feature Inside Out was nominated in two categories, Animated Feature Film and Original Screenplay. The film’s director, Pete Docter, and producer, Jonas Rivera, made the following statement this morning: “We are beyond grateful to the Academy for honoring us with these nominations—especially in a year with so many fantastic movies. On behalf of the cast, crew and team at Pixar we would like to say… THANK YOU! We’re lucky to work at a studio that allows us to make movies that are colorful, fun, personal—and emotional.”

"Sanjay's Super Team" Comes to the Con — Director Sanjay Patel and producer Nicole Grindle are taking Pixar Animation Studios' new short to San Diego's Comic-Con International next month for its North American premiere and a peek behind the scenes of the production process. The Super Story Behind the Pixar Short "Sanjay's Super Team," slated for Thurs., July 9 at 11 a.m. in the Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront, reveals the unique inspiration for this incredibly personal film that features superheroes like never before. The short debuts in U.S. theaters in front of Disney-Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" on Nov. 25, 2015.

Sanjay’s Super Team has been nominated in the Animated Short Film category. “It is a great honor to be recognized by the Academy with a nomination for our short, Sanjay’s Super Team. This is an incredibly personal, but also other-worldly, story that was as much a labor of love for our crew as it was for myself. Making a film about my own childhood, and exploring the space that separates a young boy from his traditional immigrant father, meant that everyone really had to trust my vision, and the result is a truly beautiful film. So I share this honor with the crew, my true Super Team,” director Sanjay Patel said.

Lily James is Cinderella and Richard Madden is the Prince in Disney's live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, CINDERELLA, which brings to life the timeless images from Disney's 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation.

Disney’s live-action Cinderella also earned a nomination in costume design for triple-Oscar winner Sandy Powell’s stunning creations.

Brooklyn lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks) is an ordinary man placed in extraordinary circumstances in DreamWorks Pictures/Fox 2000 Pictures' dramatic thriller BRIDGE OF SPIES, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Additionally, the Disney-released Bridge of Spies, a Dreamworks Studios production directed by Steven Spielberg, received six nominations, including Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Rylance) and Original Screenplay.

Disney releases were recognized in the following categories:

Best Picture

Bridge of Spies

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Animated Feature Film

Inside Out

Costume Design


Film Editing

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Original Score

Bridge of Spies

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Production Design

Bridge of Spies

Animated Short Film

Sanjay’s Super Team

Sound Editing

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Visual Effects

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Inside Out

The Oscars will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC, beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. To view the full list of nominees and for more information about the telecast, visit Oscar.com.

The Walt Disney Company congratulates all the nominees for the 88th Oscars®.