The New ‘Star Wars’ movie Overlooked at Oscars

January 14, 2016

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the third-biggest film ever — yet it failed to grab a best picture Oscar nomination on Thursday (Jan 14).

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The 7th movie of the space adventure saga created by George Lucas was nominated 5 times — but they were limited to original score and technical categories like visual effects and editing.

Just a month after its release, “The Force Awakens” has taken $1.76 billion at the world box-office, which brought the franchise in 2012 for $4 billion. The film is on course to overtake “Titanic”‘s $2.18B to become the second-most successful movie of all time.

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But popularity has rarely been a recipe for Oscar success. The 6,000 or so voters who make up the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have traditionally disdained big action-adventure movies in favor of smaller art-house fare such as “The Artist,” “Birdman,” and “The King’s Speech” when choosing the best picture.

Yet on Thursday, Academy voters preferred action adventure “Mad Max: Fury Road,” giving it a best picture nod and nominations in nine other categories.

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The first “Star Wars” film, released in 1977, is the only one in the franchise to receive a best picture Oscar nomination, although it lost out that year to “Annie Hall.”

The handful of Academy Award honors for the previous six “Star Wars” movies have been in technical categories.

 

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