Academy Awards voters controversially didn’t deem The LEGO Movie worthy of a nomination for best animated feature but the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures blockbuster is racking up plenty of awards.
The latest accolades: best edited animated feature for David Burrows and Chris McKay at the 65th American Cinema Editors Awards; and best writing in an animated feature for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller at the 42nd Annie Awards for animated productions.
Hosting the ACE Eddie Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub said her son told her “ to tell you guys that if The LEGO Movie doesn’t win, he’ll ‘cut a bitch.’
Boyhood took the Eddie for best drama while The Grand Budapest Hotel was the surprise winner for best comedy, beating Birdman.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 collected the Annie Awards for best animated feature and best director for Dean DeBlois.
McKay, Amber Naismith, Aidan Sarsfield and Grant Freckelton won the AACTA Award for best visual effects or animation last week.
Written and directed by Lord and Miller and animated by Animal Logic, the movie has earned $US468 million at cinemas worldwide and won a host of other prizes including best animated feature from the Producers Guild of America and at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and numerous gongs from US film critics’ organisations.
After the Oscar snub, Lord Tweeted, “This is not a tragedy. Congrats to incredible crew and cast of The Lego Movie, who made a classic.” Later he told Deadline.com, “Look, it’s OK. We’ll be back. We have at least 6 to 8 more movies in us I hope.”
WB has announced the LEGO spin-off Ninjago, directed by Charlie Bean and based on the Cartoon Network animated series of the same name, will be released in 2016.
The LEGO Batman Movie will feature the character voiced in the original by Will Arnett, directed by McKay, and is slated for 2017. The LEGO Movie 2 will follow in 2018
The film did score an Oscar nomination for best song, Everything is Awesome, written by Mark Mothersbaugh, Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island.