‘Star Wars’ Misses the Cut for Oscar Best Picture

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Star Wars: the Force Awakens” may be journeying to brand new galaxies at the box office, but it had a more Earthbound showing at the 2016 Oscar nominations Thursday. The seventh “Star Wars” movie was snubbed in the Best Picture category and director J.J. Abrams was also ignored, and though it brought in five nominations, none were in the major categories.

That level of recognition would be a big win for many films, but not for one that has dominated the media and the box office for the past month. “The Force Awakens” became the biggest U.S. box office release of all time. Worldwide, it has grossed an otherworldly $1.76 billion, less than one month after its release by Disney.

“Avatar,” the highest-grossing film of all-time, scored 9 nominations in comparison, including best picture and directing nods for James Cameron’s 3D marvel.

“Star Wars” was nominated in the following categories:

— Film Editing for Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey

— Original Score for John Williams

— Sound Editing for Matthew Wood and David Acord

— Sound Mixing for Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio and Stuart Wilson

— Visual Effects for Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould

Five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams scored his 50th career nomination for “The Force Awakens,” an all-time Oscar record.

Of the seven “Star Wars” movies, only the original received a Best Picture nomination in 1977. The Academy nominated eight films for Best Picture this year, with “Star Wars” and “Carol” the two most acclaimed films that failed to make the list.

See the full list of Oscar nominees.

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  1. Obviously, because is a horrible movie

  2. Paully says:

    A lot of jealousy in Hollywood town over Star Wars.. Always has been.. The original SW lost to Annie Hall.. Right.. The Oscars seems like a way to hype the letter ran.. Also if you movie is about H town you get a leg up..

  3. FatWhiteMan says:

    Its the Oscars so, really who cares? They mean nothing outside of Hollywood. The rest of the world has spoken with their wallets. The Force Awakens is the best picture of all time until some day something else comes along to top it which may be awhile.

  4. AYU_Dyah says:

    Well, Force Awakens does grab huge cash, selling much more tickets than all of best picture nominees combined. But does it mean Force Awakens deserve to be nominated for Best Pictures? HELL NO..!!

    I’m a huge fans of Star Wars, but I have to be realistic and objective. Force Awakens is entertaining, but it is not A GOOD FILM.

    It is more like a fabricated-recycle-lazy storytelling, with a lot of plot hole and de rigueur acting.

    Force Awakens offers no depth in characterization, lack of visual or technical breakthrough. With its functions to recognize and celebrate most innovative, bravest, and groundbreaking storytelling in movies, Awards Bodies like The Academy should give recognitions to a work/movie that really deserves it. And Force Awakens doesn’t deserve, to be honest.

    Don’t you compare Force Awakens with Avatar, who gave us breakthrough and innovative technology at that time that finally push the limit of cinematic experience. Avatar also offered subtle criticism for greedy industry and colonialization, which made its story felt deep.

    Force Awakens offers None of that elements. Because it is meant to be as a new set up for expanded world of Star Wars. It is only a nostalgic and entertaining movies, aimed for younger generations who are not familiar with Star Wars. It is a movie that will easily be forgotten as the years gone by.

    But, I’m sure next Star Wars movies will be better, and not impossible will achieve more than Force Awakens.

    • bane says:

      Star Wars is no less deserving an oscar than the liberal progressive left leaning rubbish that has been nominated thus far. Hollywood has created the Oscars to pat themselves on the back because the hard working rest of America, who live in reality, couldn’t care less.

  5. SJ Plaxo says:

    Since when do a lot of people going to see a movie mean that the movie they’re going to see is good? The whole purpose of the Academy Awards is to recognize movies and performances that nobody has seen so that fewer people will go to the movies and watch the awards and a bunch of people who can’t get jobs because nobody wants to see their movies will have nice trophies on their shelves.

  6. Dave J. says:

    It should not have been considered in the first place, as it’s turned into JJ Abrams Star Wars world, and never again George Lucas’s!

  7. SPIKE says:

    aw gee, how sad. that’s like McDonald’s misses getting a Michelin rating

  8. The Academy got it right this time, terrible rehashed copy and pasted movie. Just the mandatory technical awards and hopefully Fury Road will win them.

  9. Carl Goldstein says:

    Snubbed ? What about Sicario???? By far one of the best films of the year. Tom Hardy in Legend was nothing short of brilliant. Did I mention every single cast member in Sicario?

    The Revenant was no masterpiece. True cinema yes but the editing was atrocious and the leap of faith the audience was asked to endure of its main character’s survival was ridiculous. It’s publicity machine should win best BS artists.

    But wait…Sylvester Stallone was nominated too…

    Thank goodness I have Rick and Morty on Bluray

    Martian deserves best pic and Ridley Scott best director (of the nominees). Not likely with this generation of incompetents!

    RIP Alan Rickman you were a wonderful artist and hilarious.

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