In The Lego Movie, Chris Pratt voices Emmett, an ordinary construction worker who plays by the rules of society. Elizabeth Banks voices Wild Style, a rebel who is convinced that Emmet fulfills a prophecy of being "the special," or the person who holds the key to saving the Lego universe by stopping Lord Business (Will Farrell) from freezing everyone into place. As Emmett and Wild Style pursue a way to foil Lord Business' evil plans, they pick up assorted Lego characters as they travel the many neighborhoods of the Lego galaxy.
The Lego Movie was one of my favorite movies of the year, and for sure one of my favorite animated movies of the year. (Color me a little bitter that it wasn't nominated for Animated Feature.) It was funny and did an amazing job of pulling from all of our favorite Lego sets - there is an amazing scene where all of the Lego representatives come together and it seems like everyone who is anyone in the Lego world appears. The cast of actors include everyone from Morgan Freeman to Alison Brie, Jonah Hill to Will Forte, and half the fun is figuring out who is playing whom.
Everything Is Awesome is the nominated song that is meant to represent the nature of the Lego society - that is, group above individualism and rigorous adherence to the "way it's meant to be done" over exploring new ideas. However, it is simply impossible to get the song out of your head once you've gotten it in. (Watch the youtube clip at your own earworm peril!) While I don't think it will win this year, I do love the song, because, well, everything about it IS awesome!
One more note about The Lego Movie - this film had every chance of feeling like a big product placement commercial for Legos. The fact that it was a great film with an authentic story and a genuine lesson only speaks to how well it was done. I recommend it most highly.