Every two years, The Walt Disney Co. awards recipients one of their highest awards – the Disney Legend Award. Created in 1987, it was traditionally awarded every year until 2009 when the D23 Expo was created, where it is not awarded biannually.
The Disney Legends Award is given to an individual who has made an extraordinary or integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company. The recipient is chosen by a selection committee which is made up of long-time Disney executives, historians, and other authorities, and is formerly appointed and chaired by Disney Legend Roy E. Disney, former vice chairman and director emeritus of The Walt Disney Company.
The award statue was created by Imagineer Andrea Favilli created the Disney Legends award, which is handcrafted from bronze each year. The award depicts the arm of Mickey Mouse holding a star-tipped wand which represents three distinct elements each recipient displays.
The Spiral stands for imagination, the power of an idea.
The Hand holds the gifts of skill, discipline and craftsmanship.
The Wand and the Star represent magic: the spark that is ignited when imagination and skill combine to create a new dream.
This year at D23, the Disney Legends Award was presented to 11 recipients, including a posthumous award for Carrie Fisher. The full list is attached below.
- Carrie Fisher, Film
- Clyde Geronimi, Animation
- Whoopi Goldberg, Film & Television
- Manuel Gonzales, Animation
- Mark Hamill, Film
- Wayne Jackson, Imagineering
- Jack Kirby, Publishing
- Stan Lee, Film & Publishing
- Garry Marshall, Film & Television
- Julie Taymor, Theatrical
- Oprah Winfrey, Film & Television