Entertainment Magazine

And the Oscar Goes to…Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Posted on the 19 November 2015 by Weminoredinfilm.com @WeMinoredInFilm

“AFI Postpones Awards Announcement to Consider Star Wars”

That was the headline I saw on THR two days ago, and my instant reaction was, “Wait, what?”  An actual awards entity, in this case The American Film Institute, is changing its schedule (moving its awards announcement from Dec. 7 to Dec. 16) because it thinks Star Wars: The Force Awakens might be an awards contender?  Bullshit. Movies like Force Awakens win technical awards and the immense satisfaction of crossing $1 billion in worldwide gross.  They don’t win anything more than that, unless they happen to be named Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

Oh, sure, Avatar was nominated for all of those Oscars, but it lost to The Hurt Locker just like the original Star Wars lost to Annie Hall.  In a couple of years, will those long-promised Avatar sequels be awards contenders?  Heck, they probably won’t even be any good, but even if they are they won’t be challenging for Best Picture.  The awards entities already don’t like big budget action/sci-fi movies, but they really, really don’t like sequels.  For example, The Empire Strikes Back is arguably better than the first Star Wars (them’s fightin’ words, I know), yet it was only nominated for three Academy Awards (all in the technical categories) compared to New Hope‘s ten (including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor, Screenplay).  Starting a story is more impressive than continuing one, as far as the Academy is concerned, with Godfather 2 being an obvious exception.

However, right now The Force Awakens is part of a group of great unknown late-December releases.  No critic has seen Force Awakens, David O. Russell’s Joy, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant  or Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight, and in a down year for prestige movies those four could significantly alter the awards landscape.  Well, not so much The Force Awakens, but that’s just it – you can’t really write it off for sure because pretty much no one has seen it yet.  Those other ones will probably screen for critics between now and their release dates, but The Force Awakens is content to simply have its Hollywood premiere on Dec. 14 and open in theaters on Dec. 19.  Will it be Best Picture material?  Go buy a ticket and find out.

Frankly, though, who really cares if the 7th Star Wars movie gets nominated for a Best Picture award it will surely lose?

Star-Wars-7-Character-Guide-Finn-Rey
Um, ABC cares.   They’re the ones who have to broadcast the Oscars.  They’d love it if this year’s nominees include at least a couple of widely seen movies, not just The Martian.  Plus, expanding the number of potential Best Picture nominees, i.e., The Dark Knight rule, was supposed to allow bigger movies into the conversation, not just widen it to include yet more little-seen gems.  Last year’s batch of Best Picture nominees had the lowest-combined gross since the category switched to more than 5 movies in 2009, and the resulting awards telecast delivered the Academy’s lowest ratings in the past 6 years.  If Force Awakens had come out when it was originally supposed to, specifically in May, we probably wouldn’t be having this conversation, but now that it’s coming out smack dab in awards season it could be [wait for it] ABC’s only hope.

help-me-obi-wan
It does make for an interesting story to follow: Will the Academy get caught up in Star Wars mania just like the rest of us?  What would George Lucas possibly think of that?  He only went to the Oscars in 1978 because his then-wife was nominated for editing Star Wars, and she won.  To this day, he’s still not a member of the Academy. His successor, J.J. Abrams, has only ever been an awards darling on the TV side of things, not film.  Still, an Oscar insider told THR, “I don’t count out [Force Awakens].  J.J. is a good director.”

The force might be strong with this one.  Or not.  Eh, we don’t really know if this movie will be any good, but at least all of the awards entities are in the same boat with us.  We’ll all just have to find out together next month.

Here’s the Japanese trailer:

Source: THR


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Video: SalomonTV Takes Us on a Dream Trip to Nepal

    Video: SalomonTV Takes Dream Trip Nepal

    If you could go on a dream trip, where would it be? For trail runner Tyler Courville, it would be a visit to Nepal to go running with National Geographic... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Kungfujedi
    OUTDOORS
  • 5 Ice Cream Shops Keeping Chicago Cool This Summer

    Cream Shops Keeping Chicago Cool This Summer

    There’s no better sweet treat during summertime than ice cream. When the sun is out and temperatures climb higher, warm desserts just can’t compete. Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Urbanmatter Chicago
    TRAVEL
  • Coqui Coqui Residences

    Coqui Residences

    The chill and laid back subtle bohemian modern rustic elegance of the Coqui Coqui residences is undoubtedly the best way to drift away on a hectic Tuesday... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Myparadissi
    HOME, INTERIOR DESIGN
  • First Look: Christian Actress Meagan Good In Election Night Romance

    First Look: Christian Actress Meagan Good Election Night Romance

    ChristianNews We have the first look pics of Christian actress Meagan Good in an election night romance drama starring opposite Omari Hardwick. Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Firstladyb
    SPIRITUALITY
  • Sedo Weekly Sales Led by Leem.com

    Sedo released their weekly sales and Leem.com was the top sale at $30,000. OnlyYou.com sold for $27,000. Songs and movies have both been titled Only You, so thi... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Worldwide
    BUSINESS, TECH
  • Combining Posts

    Combining Posts

    Due to illness (not mine) it's been a while since I've been out either on the patch or further afield, today I finally made it out for a morning stroll around... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Ashley Crombet-Beolens
    ENVIRONMENT
  • Sir Roger Moore – Always Living in the Fast Lane…

    Roger Moore Always Living Fast Lane…

    Today at the age of 89 years, the film actor and former "James Bond", Sir Roger Moore passed away, after a short battle with cancer. He was the longest serving... Read more

    The 23 May 2017 by   Solarisastro
    BODY, MIND, SPIRIT, SPIRITUALITY

Paperblog Hot Topics