It's the morning that the Academy announces its Oscar nominations, and "The LEGO Movie" is on the ballot. No surprise, right? Wrong. Thing is, "LEGO" landed just one mention -- in the song category for its infectious "Everything Is Awesome" anthem -- but not in the animated feature category, where many were predicting that the toon blockbuster might win.
That oversight comes as a total shock to Oscar pundits -- arguably the year's biggest snub, alongside the fact that "Selma" placed in only two categories (for which theories abound). From the point of view of the animation community, however, there was always a risk, and here's why.