It's noted on the YMMV page, but Walt Disney pulled a lot of strings to see to it that James Baskett was recognized by the Academy for his performance as Uncle Remus. He received an honorary Oscar, the first black man to win an Oscar of any kind. You can see a picture of him accepting the award at the All-Star Movies Resort at Walt Disney World, on a wall display about various Academy awards Disney films have won.
Not one of the actors and actresses from this film is still alive. Not even the kids.
Disney's first feature-length film to be primarily live-action.