The nominees for the 2015 Oscars were just announced, and while The Lego Movie picked up an original song nomination for the catchy and subversive "Everything is Awesome," the movie was conspicuously left off the list for animated feature film.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named five films as nominees for the award: Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Song of the Sea, and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The first three were also nominated for the Golden Globes' best animated feature film category (which Dragon won), but this time around Song of the Sea and Kaguya got the nods from the Academy instead of Lego and the Guillermo del Toro-produced The Book of Life.
The song was written by Mark Mothersbaugh, Tegan and Sara, and The Lonely Island. It's nominated alongside "Glory" (Selma), "Grateful" (Beyond the Lights), "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" (Glen Campbell: I'll be Me), and "Lost Stars" (Begin Again).
The animated feature film snub has already sparked enough of a reaction on Twitter that Lego writer and director Phil Lord has already tried to stamp the outrage while praising his team:
This is not a tragedy. Congrats to incredible crew and cast of The Lego Movie, who made a classic.— philip lord (@philiplord) January 15, 2015