Brick flick “The LEGO Movie” may have won hearts of audiences around the globe, but unfortunately, the good people at the Academy didn’t share the same sentiment. Even we are surprised as to why it wasn’t deemed awesome enough for the Oscars!
A little background information for you: Released in 2014, “The LEGO Movie” was the first film produced by Warner Animation Group, and is an international co-production of the United States, Australia, and Denmark. Based on the LEGO line of construction toys, the film tells the story of Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt, of “Guardians of the Galaxy” fame), an ordinary LEGO minifigure prophesied to save the universe from the tyrannical Lord Business (voiced by Will Ferrell) as he gains different allies along the way.
It also featured an all-star voice cast comprising of the likes of Elizabeth Banks (of “The Hunger Games” fame), Morgan Freeman (he needs no introduction), Channing Tatum, and Cobie Smulders (of “How I Met Your Mother” fame).
The movie was a critical and commercial success, with many critics highlighting its visual style, humor, voice acting, and heartwarming message. It earned more than USD257 million in North America and $210 million in other territories for a worldwide total of over USD468 million.
Awesome sauce, no?
Here’s the thing though – on Thursday (15th Jan) morning, The Academy Awards (Oscars) snubbed “The LEGO Movie”, denying the brick flick a nomination for “Best Animated Picture”. Those that got Oscar noms instead were:
- “Big Hero 6”
- “The Boxtrolls”
- “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
- “Song of the Sea”
- “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”
But it appeared to have not bothered “The LEGO Movie” at all because co-director Phil Lord responded to the snub on Twitter with perfect, plastic grace.
Did you miss it? Here:
It’s okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGRADVERTISEMENT
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015
Everything is still awesome 😉