So I wake up this morning and see that the Oscar nominations have been announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Despite being one of the top four grossing movies in 2014 with $257 million domestically and $468 million worldwide, The LEGO Movie has been totally snubbed in the Best Animated Feature Oscars category which includes The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Big Hero 6, Song of the Sea, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. The LEGO Movie was liked by many including critics and has a 96% Fresh Rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Honestly, I haven’t even heard of the last two movies on the list and how many of you actually watched all five in theaters. I’m going to say a majority of the readers here never even watched the the last two movie considering that Song of the Sea only made $100,360 and The Tale of Princess Kaguya made $597,978 domestically. One of the movies was also released in December so how can that even be considered. Sure all the nominees are worthy but come on now. I also checked out the rules of eligibility and I’m pretty sure The LEGO Movie fits the definition:
An animated feature film is defined as a motion picture with a running time of more than 40 minutes, in which movement and characters’ performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique. Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique. In addition, a significant number of the major characters must be animated, and animation must figure in no less than 75 percent of the picture’s running time.
Anyways, The LEGO Movie is still in the running for an Oscar for Best Original Song with Everything Is Awesome so there’s still a chance the movie can still walk out with one. At least Phil Lord thinks that The LEGO Movie is a winner in his eyes no matter what when he tweeted out an image of Nathan Sawaya’s version of the Oscar
On an upside, the people at the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards didn’t make the wrong decision as The LEGO Movie won for Best Animated Feature.
It's okay. Made my own! pic.twitter.com/kgyu1GRHGR
— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015