The following article from St Louis Post-Dispatch (Joe’s Movie Lounge), alerted me to the news of the unjust treatment of the LEGO Movie’s when the nominations were announced for the minor category Oscar. I know the selection process for Academy Award nominations are something that most of us just don’t understand, but this one has been raising hell for sometime now. Check out the twitter response by Philip Lord one of the LEGO Movies Director/Writer’s.
2014 may not have been a great year for movies, but it’s turning into a great year for arguing about them. This year’s Oscar nominations, announced Thursday morning, constitute more snubs and surprises than usual.
The most pleasant surprise was that “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” my favorite film of the year, tied “Birdman” for the most nominations, with nine. (It will also be a surprise if either of those films beats “Boyhood” for best picture.)
With all due respect to the serious cinema that the Academy Awards are supposed to celebrate, the most conspicuous snub was of a popular film that virtually everyone expected to win the statuette in a minor category. “The Lego Movie” was both a critical and commercial success, yet it isn’t one of the five finalists for best animated feature. The nominees in that category are the estimable “Big Hero 6,” the acclaimed animéfilm “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” the grotesque ’toon “The Boxtrolls,” the so-so sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and a Celtic legend called “Song of the Sea.” I haven’t seen “Song of the Sea,” but I’m guessing it’s not awesome … read more of this article at: St Louis Post-Dispatch
The 87th Academy Awards will be broadcast on ABC on Feb. 22.
Article Source: St Louis Post-Dispatch
… at Deadline Hollywood they had the following to report about the LEGO Movie Oscar snubbing.
Although there were more than the usual number of snubs and surprises in this morning’s Oscar nominations, easily the most animated cries of shock came in, well, the Animated Feature category. If ever there was a sure thing going into today’s nominations, it was that Warner Bros’ blockbuster toon The Lego Movie not only would be nominated but was the presumed front -runner for the win. It’s a real shame for talented director-writers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, who also got screwed by the Academy animation voters when they were overlooked for 2009’s Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. But this snub was bigger, HUGE. Shockwaves not only hit the room but among those working on rival films — the ones that did get nominated. A Disney source emailed me immediately, “WHAT? No Lego? Big Hero 6 can win now!” A source connected with DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2 said virtually the same thing … read more of this article at: Deadline Hollywood