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Award Season Focus

‘The LEGO Movie’ Wins Best Animated Film At Critics’ Choice Awards [Video]

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This year’s topsy-turvy animation award season shows no signs of abating. Just hours after The LEGO Movie was shockingly snubbed by the Oscars, the film won the best animated feature award tonight at the 20th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, LEGO Movie defeated Big Hero 6, The Book of Life, The Boxtrolls, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 for the honor.

Watch their acceptance speech below:

“What a roller coaster of emotions today has been,” said Chris Miller in his acceptance speech.

Phil Lord added, “We also want to thank you guys—the critics’ choosers—for having the courage to give an award to something called The LEGO Movie.

“This movie is about freedom of expressions so please don’t stop making things,” Miller said as the get-off-the-stage music started to play. “Artists should never be silenced by fear; they should only be silenced by the wrap-up music.”

The Critics’ Choice have been among the most accurate prognosticators of who will go on to win the animation Oscar. In the 13 years that the Oscar has been awarded to an animated feature, the Critics’ Choice has honored the same film on eleven occasions.

In this unconventional year, that won’t even be a possibility because LEGO Movie is no longer in the Oscar race. So who now? How to Train Your Dragon 2 won the Golden Globe; The Tale of the Princess Kaguya picked up honors from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. It’s quite possibly the most unsettled field in the history of the category.

In the visual effects category, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes took the honors, beating out Edge of Tomorrow, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Interstellar.

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are presented annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest film critics’ organization in the United States and Canada, representing nearly 300 television, radio, and online critics.

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  • Josh Moore

    Almost makes up for it not being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Film.

    • Or proves what a huge mistake the Academy made this year.

      • Eman

        “this year”

    • It sure does!

    • Here’s a weird article I don’t necessarily agree with:

      5 Reasons the Academy Overlooked ‘The LEGO Movie’

      http://variety.com/2015/film/news/oscar-snub-lego-movie-best-animation-1201405956/

      • Did the person who wrote that article even talk to anybody actually IN the animation community before writing that? In particular – “The Animation Branch Loves Handmade Movies”. Animators in general, yes. The Oscar nominees? Don’t make me laugh. Oh, and “Voters watch all 20 films”. *all Cartoon Brew readers collectively laugh*. Wish they actually did, it would make the playing field a lot more even.

      • Josh Moore

        Of course they’ll pick films from Toy Story, How to Train Your Dragon, Wallace and Gromit, and Shrek and not something from Lego or the Simpsons.

  • Pedro Nakama

    It actually is a very funny movie that adults can enjoy.

  • Those two will be back, and I look forward to see what they do in the realm of animation (as writers and directors, especially the directing part). Congrats you two!

  • Alex Dudley

    Man, if only the awards season was this unpredictable all the time!

  • JoshActionReplay

    Hey there children! Can you say “Consolation Prize?” Say it with me, “Consolation Prize!” Very good!

    And for the Academy, I’ve got a very special title to give to each and every one of them.

  • Inkan1969

    Congratulations to “The LEGO Movie”. It’s an award very deserved.

    About this particular award, which is supposed to be run by a film critics’ association. I would’ve then expected “Kaguya” and “Song of the Sea” to have gotten nominations from such an award. It’s curious that the film critics didn’t nominate either; maybe that’s an indication that not so many of these critics were able to see either movie?

  • JodyMorgan

    The Critic’s Choice Awards gave awards to A Bug’s Life and Prince of Egypt for 1998, Toy Story 2 for 1999, and Chicken Run for 2000; since the inception of the Oscar for animated features, the two times the CCA went to a different movie than the eventual Oscar winner was for 2006 (Cars over Happy Feet) and 2012 (Wreck-It Ralph over Brave).

    Of the five awards given so far from those organizations covered under CB’s “award season focus” tag, three different films have won the various Best Animated Feature awards; the same thing happened the last two years, actually. But in the previous two years, at least all the winners were also Academy Award nominees; The LEGO Movie is the first film to win (so far) two awards for Best Animated Feature and yet not get an Oscar nomination. (Waking Life, Waltz with Bashir, and The Adventures of Tintin all won one Best Animated Feature award without being Oscar-nominated.)