The Lego Movie Oscars snub was down to 'bad luck and a great field of films', say filmmakers

Director Phil Lord and writer Christopher Miller joked that the Baftas were their 'favourite academy' after winning Best Animated Film at the awards

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The Lego Movie filmmakers poked fun at their Oscars snub during their Baftas acceptance speech, but the duo admitted it was hard to understand why the film wasn’t nominated.

Director Phil Lord and writer Christopher Miller said they put the snub down to “bad luck and a great field of films”.

“The Oscars snub just reminds you that it really is an honour to be nominated and that’s hard to do and there are a lot of great movies out there,” Lord told The Independent on the red carpet.

The duo confirmed they were in the process of writing the script for the film’s sequel that will include new characters, but said it was too early to say which actors they were approaching.


“I wish that the script were as well developed that we would be able to cast it yet. It’s still so early it’s really hard to say,” Lord said, before joking that he would approach Benedict Cumberbatch at the ceremony in London.

“Benedict Cumberbatch in Lego Movie 2? Hey let’s do that. He could be great, let’s start that rumour. The Lego Movie needs more sexiness – maybe that was the reason for the Oscars snub, no Bennie.”

The Lego Movie, which won Best Animated Film at the Baftas, is nominated for Best Original Song for “Everything is Awesome” at the Oscars.

The film lost out to Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya in the Best Animated Film category.

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