D23 Presents: The Six Degrees of Walt Disney and the 2013 Academy Awards

D23 shows how Walt connects easily to this year’s Best Actor and Best Actress nominees.

We’ve all heard of “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,” a mid-’90s parlor game based on “The Six Degrees of Separation,” a theory in which any two people on the planet are connected by just six (or less) other people.

In honor of the 2013 Academy Awards, we thought we’d put the theory to the test with none other than the man himself, Walt Disney. We set up a couple of parameters:

1. Connections had to be made through actual people who worked together, were related, or are truly friends.

2. The same people could not be used more than once (otherwise, let’s face it, Julie Andrews could probably get us everywhere!).


And the Best Actor nominees are:

Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) worked on this film with Robert De Niro, who worked on The Untouchables with Sean Connery, who worked with Walt on Darby O’Gill and the Little People.

Sean Connery in Darby O'Gill and the Little People


Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) worked on Les Misérables with Anne Hathaway, who costarred in both Princess Diaries films with Disney Legend Julie Andrews, who worked with Walt on Mary Poppins.

Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins


Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln) appeared in Gangs of New York with Jim Broadbent, who was in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince with Dame Maggie Smith, who appeared in Death on the Nile with Disney Legend Angela Lansbury, who was hired by Walt.

Angela Lansbury in Bedknobs and Broomsticks


Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) worked on Quills with Michael Caine, who worked on Alfie (1966) with Millicent Martin, who worked with Juliet Mills on an episode of the British TV series The Morecambe and Wise Show and who is sister of Disney Legend Hayley Mills, who worked with Walt on The Parent Trap and other projects.

Haley Mills in The Parent Trap


Denzel Washington (Flight) costarred in The Preacher’s Wife with Whitney Houston, who worked on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Bernadette Peters, who presented on the 1987 Tony Awards with Chita Rivera, who appeared on Broadway in Bye Bye Birdie with Dick Van Dyke, who worked with Walt on Mary Poppins.

Dick Van Dyke as Bert in Mary Poppins

Take a look at the Best Actress Nominees in the full D23 Presents: The Six Degrees of Walt and the 2013 Academy Awards article.

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