Star Wars returns to the Oscars with five nominations in categories from editing, to musical score. They seem to have forgotten the nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, but that is a rant for another time!
Of course, The 88th Academy Awards started with what is arguably the most anticipated part of the show… the “Red Carpet”. Star Wars was represented on the red carpet as Daisy Ridley took to the iconic celebrity walk-way in a beautiful grey and silver Chanel Haute Couture gown. She would late go on to present the award for “Best Documentary Feature”.
They may have not been in Star Wars: The Force Awakens but Star Wars was also being represented on the Red Carpet by other celebrity guests at the Oscars. Were some guest were emulating the hairstyle made famous by the character “Rey” as worn by actress Rooney Mara?
Even Jacob Tremblay gets into the “Star Wars spirit” showing off his Stormtrooper socks for the photographers.
To no one’s surprise, The Force Awakens felt the “SNUB” from the Academy, not taking home a single award. You could have predicted this when the Academy failed to even nominate the internationally successful film for Best Picture or Best Director. The irony in the “Best Director” award was when they had J.J. Abrams present the award that he was excluded from.
The night, however, was filled with other Star Wars appearances and fun. The talented and amazing Andy Serkis, (Supreme Leader Snoke), was treated to a montage of his character performances before coming to the stage to present the award for best visual effects.
Our favorite Droids showed up to talk about the great John Williams and joked about how far away he was seated as the legendary composer laughed.
The Force Awakens may not have taken home an Oscar this year but we remember and salute the incredible team of people nominated that made the film an international success with fans around the world.
Best Film Editing
Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey
Best Original Score
Best Visual Effects
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould
Best Sound Editing
Matthew Wood and David Acord
Best Sound Mixing
Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson
Ultimately, the Oscars is just an award show and doesn’t define the artists at heart and the nominees may have been happy just to be nominated. Perhaps J.J. Abrams doesn’t care that he didn’t win for Best Director but I am sure it would have made him feel a little better to at least been recognized with a nod.
Keep your fingers crossed, Star Wars fans, for the future of the franchise films! They can’t ignore the greatness of Star Wars every year! Next up – Star Wars: Rogue One!