The Lego Movie co-director and co-writer Phil Lord seems to be taking his film’s Oscar snubbing in stride.
On Twitter, he posted this image, showing why he doesn’t need some fancy Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to award him a trophy to let him know how awesome his movie was. He just went and made his own out of Legos, thank you very much ... Discuss
Later today, we will explore the very troubling Oscar snub for Selma director Ava DuVernay and lead actor David Oyelowo, which potentially has implications far broader than just which movies Hollywood chooses to pat itself on the back for making. In the meantime, let's explore another, baffling snub: The Lego Movie. Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya all netted a nomination and while they're all fine movies (probably. Did anybody actually watch The Boxtrolls? Was it any good? Was it better than The Lego Movie? No, it was not.), it's hard to feel like The Lego Movie got what it deserves. That movie is positively bursting with creative energy, unforgettable characters, riotous comedy and genuine heart, and it was the easy favorite to win this year's best animated picture nod, if not pick up a nomination for Best Picture overall. But it didn't even grab a nomination, outside of one for "Best Song." But it's hard to feel like everything is awesome when your movie wasn't even nominated.
So, what happened? Did Academy voters not see the movie? Did they forget that it came out this year? Are they carrying a grudge from stepping on too many Legos when they were children? All possibilities. Fortunately, The Lego Movie co-director Phil Lord has accepted his snub with quiet dignity, and took matters into his own hands ... Discuss
There is a lot to say about this year's Oscar nominees, and it can't all be said here. First thing's first, Selma director Ava DuVernay's snub is one of the biggest Oscar misses in recent memory. She was considered all but a shoe-in to be the first black woman nominated for Best Director, but she didn't make the cut. Related: for the second time in 20 years, every single actor nominated for an Oscar is white. Also baffling: The LEGO Movie was somehow not nominated for best animated feature? Oh, Hollywood. So eager to be seen as progressive and forward thinking. So reluctant to actually be so.
The movies that did get nominated are not a huge surprise. As expected, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Birdman lead the way with the most nominations. Those two, American Sniper, Boyhood, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash round out the Best Picture nominees. Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell and Bradley Cooper were nominated for Best Actor. Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike and Reese Witherspoon will battle it out for Best Actress. You can read a full list of the nominees here ... Discuss
The Big Short, an upcoming film about the housing and credit bubble that led to the financial crisis of 2007-08, is lining up one of the better casts in recent memory. Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt are all on board—and Steve Carrell is in negotiations to sign on, as well. Pitt's studio, Plan B, is handling the picture, which is adapted from a Michael Lewis book of the same name. Adam McKay, better known for comedies like Step Brothers and Anchorman, will be keeping the director's chair warm. The film will chart the true story of just how the housing bubble burst, and Bale, Gosling and Pitt will all portray real-life (albeit, more handsome) characters who helped engineer the disaster ... Discuss
More Jesus movies are on the way. This week, we got our first look at Ewan McGregor as Jesus in the upcoming film Last Days in the Desert, and nowThe Hollywood Reporter says that actor Rodrigo Santoro will portray Christ in their new adaptation of Ben-Hur. The Brazilian actor isn’t a household name, but you’ve likely seen him onscreen. He played Karl in the Christmas romcom Love Actually, the ill-fated Paulo on Lost and, perhaps most notably, the evil ruler Xerxes in the 300 movies. MGM’s new adaptation of the classic novel begins production later this year ... Discuss