The Academy Awards host joked “now would be a great time to distract” filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller before introducing the Best Animated Feature presenters
Everything was not awesome enough about “The Lego Movie” to net it an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature and host Neil Patrick Harris acknowledged what many considered a major snub during the ceremony on Sunday.
Before introducing presenters Zoe Saldana and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who announced winner “Big Hero 6,” NPH joked, “If you’re at the Oscar party with the guys who directed ‘The Lego Movie,’ now would be a great time to distract them.”
Those guys would be Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, who helped make Warner Bros. $468.7 million around the globe by co-writing and co-directing the blockbuster that scored a 96-percent “fresh” approval rating from critics counted on Rotten Tomatoes.
Despite the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ (AMPAS) reluctance to honor the film, which features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks, the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) named “The Lego Movie” Best Animated Feature film earlier this year.
At least “Everything Is Awesome” — the undeniably catchy song written by Shawn Patterson — was nominated for Best Original Song.
Tegan and Sara, the pop duo who performed the track for “The Lego Movie,” were joined on stage by comedy group The Lonely Island and a number of other stars in attendance to perform the song.
Watch NPH joke about the snub above, and then watch everything get awesome at the Oscars below: