This ongoing series celebrates films that have been honored at the Academy Awards.
This summer, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company.
Walt Disney and his brother Roy O. Disney founded the Disney Brothers Studio on October 16, 1923, and its animated short films, which introduced the character of Mickey Mouse, led to their first sound short, 1928’s Steamboat Willie. With Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) becoming the first traditionally animated feature film and Fantasia (1940) demonstrating the studio’s increasing stylistic ambition, Disney diversified into live action hits such as 20,000 Leagues under the Sea (1954).
Consistently producing family-friendly entertainment for the decades to come, the studio branched out into more serious subject matter with their Touchstone and Hollywood divisions, and the growth of computer animation and effects was highlighted in films such as Tron (1982) and Beauty and the Beast (1991). Films produced with Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm have become some of the most popular under the Disney umbrella, and recent successes such as Encanto (2021) and Turning Red (2022) demonstrate the studios’ commitment to diversity in its characters.
This screening series of Oscar-nominated and winning films, in conjunction with our Family Matinees, spotlights the remarkable range of the first hundred years of films from Disney.
This September, we're celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month with three films honored at the Academy Awards, each of which showcase the myriad, international experiences of Latinx culture and identity.
This October, we're highlighting maestro Ennio Morricone's Oscar-nominated and winning scores alongside scores from Oscar-nominated films.
For November, we're reflecting on the visual power of the film noir genre through four titles, two classic and two contemporary, honored at the Oscars with cinematography nominations or wins.