The 89th Academy Awards have come and gone. While most would like to put the Oscars and the chaos that ensued behind them, there is at least one person who is already looking towards next year’s ceremony: J. J. Abrams. In an interview with the NY Daily News at the Oscar Wilde Awards in L.A, the Force Awakens director predicted that Mark Hamill will be an Oscar contender for his performance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Abrams stated that he and many others would be upset if Hamill is not recognized for his work in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark.”
While Abrams’ prediction feels unlikely, especially considering how the Academy rarely recognizes science-fiction and fantasy films for the more prestigious awards, it would not be unprecedented for a Star Wars film to earn major award recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The first Star Wars film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and Sir Alec Guinness’ performance as Obi-Wan Kenobi earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination. Considering Mark Hamill will be playing an older Luke Skywalker in the vein of his own former master and the fact that he is a talented actor, the idea that his performance in The Last Jedi could earn him an Academy Award, however unlikely, is not outside the realm of possibility.
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and Benicio del Toro.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, 2017.
Source: NY Daily News