Oscars 2015: The Lego Movie director Phil Lord makes his own award after surprise snub

The box office success was overlooked in the animated film feature category

Jess Denham
Thursday 15 January 2015 15:26 GMT
Film still from The Lego Movie, snubbed in the Oscars 2015 animated film category
Film still from The Lego Movie, snubbed in the Oscars 2015 animated film category

This year’s Oscars nominations list has provoked outrage on Twitter, not only for its lack of diversity (not a single black actor or actress is nominated), but for the Academy’s failure to give The Lego Movie the love you all seem to think it deserves.

It was the highest-grossing film of 2014 at the UK box office, but the Warner Bros animated film picked up just one nod in today’s announcement, for original song “Everything is Awesome”.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s 3D movie was ignored in the animated feature film category, with voters putting forward Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya instead.

The snub came as a surprise, with many having tipped The Lego Movie for surefire Oscars glory, but Lord made light of his disappointment by "making his own" statuette.

Leading the way were Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel, with nine nominations each, while The Imitation Game followed with eight and Boyhood and American Sniper picked up six.

The Oscars will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris on Sunday 22 February in Hollywood.

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