Do these early players have a shot at awards season?
Best Animated Feature Film - "The LEGO Movie"
Chris Miller and Phil Lord's wild gonzo comedy — the year's highest-grossing film so far — should be heavily in the mix for this category, but I'd be delighted to see it pick up some awards hardware. From an on-paper premise that had most pundits scratching their heads (what's so cinematic about a pile of plastic bricks?), the offbeat directing duo spun the most dizzyingly creative and provocatively postmodern studio animated feature in many a moon — and it's a quirky technical dazzler to boot. And while we're about it, how about a Best Original Song nod for "Everything is Awesome," which didn't leave my head for two weeks after seeing it? (Sorry for putting it back there.)
- Guy Lodge