Oscar-nominated animators felt like something was missing at the film academy's celebration this week of the best animated films: their colleagues from "The Lego Movie." The most popular animated feature of the year failed to earn an Oscar nod.
"It's tough, because we love those guys," "Big Hero 6" producer Roy Conli said of the film's directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
The makers of "Big Hero 6," "The Boxtrolls," "How to Train Your Dragon 2," "Song of the Sea" and "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya" gathered to discuss their nominated films — and the snub.
"I think some people hadn't seen the film … and they said, 'Lego Movie'? It's a toy advertisement!' " said Anthony Stacchi, co-director of "The Boxtrolls."
Tomm Moore, who directed "Song of the Sea," said: "The only thing I can imagine is members on the committee all presumed that all of the members were voting for 'Lego' [so they voted for something else]."
The film has grossed some $468 million. It's up for one Academy Award: for its original song, "Everything is Awesome," which will be performed by Tegan and Sara at Sunday's ceremony.
Postal union's secret weapon
Contract talks began this week between the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union. Talks began after a rousing union pep rally that featured a Danny Glover video and the star himself. Glover was with the union delegation as talks opened. The video told the story of Glover's mother, father, sister and brother, who were all postal workers, as he was during school breaks. "Working for the Postal Service enabled my parents to buy their first home," Glover said.
Let it snow: Warm weather and low snowfall in Telluride, Colo., are hampering the filming of Quentin Tarantino's snow-centric movie in the ski town. Telluride has had only 7 inches of snow in the past 30 days, forcing the director to shoot indoor scenes of "The Hateful Eight," which is set during a post-Civil War blizzard. The film starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh is expected to be released in the fall.
Farewell: Harris Wittels, a producer and writer for the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation," died Thursday. He was 30. The Los Angeles Police Department said Wittels' body was found at his home by his assistant, who called the police and reported a possible overdose. The final episode of "Parks and Recreation," on which Wittels served as a co-executive producer, as well as a writer and occasional actor, is to be broadcast next week.