Thursday, January 15, 2015

Not Awesome: 'Lego Movie' Snubbed by the Oscars

Everything is awesome. Everything is cool except the Oscars...

Oh the Oscars. That very ceremony that some people take so seriously, as if it's the great decider on what's a quality film or what isn't. For me, it's nothing more than a fun guessing game. What film will these people give it to?

In my opinion they trip up from time to time when it comes to animated features. In 2001, giving it to Shrek instead of the highly superior and timeless Monsters, Inc. didn't sit well with many and it's embarrassing now. In 2004, instead of nominating indies or whatever, they nominate Shrek 2 and Shark Tale to go alongside The Incredibles, the only great American animated film of 2004. Heck, SpongeBob would've been a better choice. 2006, does anyone really talk about Happy Feet anymore? Brave getting the Oscar over Wreck-It Ralph and ParaNorman in 2012. Snubbing Monsters University while choosing Despicable Me 2 and The Croods over it in 2013, need I say more?

But this morning they really tripped up...

The Lego Movie has been snubbed.

What are the actual nominees? Four of them I am very happy with: Big Hero 6, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Two mainstream greats, and two indie/smaller greats. All deserved. The Boxtrolls is the fifth nomination, and I'll be brutally honest, I'm not too pleased about that.

The Boxtrolls was good and all, but certainly not on the level of LAIKA's previous films. For me it was a fast-paced romp that didn't tackle the themes that it was chasing. There's nothing wrong with it being plain good, but to nominate this over The Lego Movie? C'mon Academy...

In a weaker year, such as 2013, it getting in would've been fine.

The Lego Movie was a burst of energy, it was creative, the message was excellent all the while subtle, it was surreal, it was inventive, it was colorful, it was well-paced, it actually had something to say while still being ridiculously well-made and entertaining. How does one NOT nominate that? Was it perhaps too corporate for them because it is after all based on a huge toy? Or too loud and full of action? Was the irreverent comedy not serious enough?

Co-director and writer Phil Lord, much like Dan Scanlon when his Monsters University got snubbed, decided to handle the snub in a humorous way...

But remember what Doc Hudson said in Cars about Piston Cup trophies? "You look, all I see are a bunch of empty cups." That applies to the Oscars and any other "award" ceremony, I'm not too upset about it getting snubbed. The Lego Movie is still fantastic, and it doesn't need some little gold man to prove that. I just question the Academy's decision-making process...

Anyways, I'll be happy with Big Hero 6, Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, or Kaguya winning. What film are you rooting for? Do you think the Academy should've nominated The Lego Movie? Sound off below!


  1. The Laika movies are always nominated

    1. So are DreamWorks, Disney, and Pixar. And there r only 3 Laika movies. What's your point?