He celebrated kudo with jewelry for his wife

Walt Disney had an unusual way of commemorating his many Academy Award wins.

He’d buy a miniature replica of an Oscar and have it engraved with the title of the film or the reason for the kudo. He eventually turned the collection into a necklace for his wife, Lillian, who in turn had it converted into a charm bracelet.

Nearly 45 years after his death, Disney still holds the records for most Oscar wins by an individual (32, including special and technical awards) and for most Oscar noms (59).

He also was uniquely honored by the Acad with the only statuette to deviate from the standard design. To acknowledge his achievement with 1938’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” the first feature-length animated pic, the Acad presented Disney with an honorary kudo consisting of a standard statuette sitting on a 20-inch, stepped base holding seven miniature Oscars.

Most of Disney’s Academy Awards hardware, including the special “Snow White” trophy and Lillian’s charm bracelet, are on display at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

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