Oprah Winfrey, Channing Tatum Win Lego Oscar Statues During Academy Awards: Here's How They Were Made [VIDEO]

By Steve Buja , Updated Feb 23, 2015 11:30 AM EST

Dear Mom, you told me that being a LEGO maniac would never get me anywhere. That I'd certainly never win an Oscar building LEGO creations all the live long day. Well, being a LEGO maniac can get you to the show!

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The LEGO Movie might not have won any awards at the Academy Awards last night, but they were undoubtedly the stars of the show. That was thanks to LEGO designer Nathan Sawaya, who crafted 20 LEGO statues for the show's highlight piece: the live version of 'Everything Is Awesome' with Tegan & Sara featuring The Lonely Island. A troop of dancers dressed as Emmett flocked into the audience and handed the LEGO statues out to Oprah Winfrey, Channing Tatum and a host of other A-listers.

Sawaya is no joke. You can visit his creations at the Discovery Times Square exhibition space and The Art Of The Brick touring show. He's been a LEGO artist for years after leaving the law to pursue brick-building full time.

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"The team behind 'The Lego Movie' approached me, they wanted to do something extra special for the Academy Award performance of best song nominee 'Everything is Awesome,'" Sawaya told Crave. "They had seen my earlier version of a Lego Oscar statue, and I was happy to take on the challenge."

Each statue used 500 bricks and were later glued together to prevent them from breaking. 500 may seem like a lot but it is nothing to Sawaya who once "made an entire advertising billboard that measured 15 feet high and 53 feet long, using more than 500,000 LEGO pieces" according to his website, BrickArtist.

And while Oprah didn't go out and present a LEGO Oscar statue to everyone, Sawaya has submitted the idea to the LEGO Ideas community page (kind of like Kickstarter for LEGO fans) and so hopefully we'll be able to pick one up ourselves in the future. We could also attempt to make it ourselves, but ugh, that sounds like a lot of work.

See Mom? Maybe no one won an Oscar making a LEGO Movie, but at least we can sure make our own!


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