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It’s tough to say. Recent trends point to two definite trends – momentous box office success and ensuing nominations. Actual winning awards though is another matter entirely. In fact, Star Wars is in the midst of a 35-year Oscar dry spell.
The pop-culture phenomenon Star Wars may be the single most successful film franchise of all time, but when it comes to dishing out awards it’s doesn’t have the kind of haul that would reflect its popularity amongst fans. There is a distinct disproportion between fan reception and critical acclaim…
Indeed, top sportsbooks lately don’t hold out much hope for the pop-culture phenomenon, with bookmakers rolling out less than optimistic entertainment prop bets in various categories, including the top prize at the Oscars, Best Picture.
Indeed, the inaugural Stars Wars installment, A New Hope, which was released in 1977, is the only to ever be nominated for Best Picture. It was an avant-garde work of filmmaking, ahead of its time with special effects never seen before, and it was thus handsomely rewarded with 10 nominations and six wins at the Oscars.
While it didn’t win Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director or Best Original Screenplay – arguably the plush awards of the celebrated glitterati event. It did collect Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Costume Design, Best Effects: Visual Effects, Best Music: Original Score and Best Film Editing.
The ensuing two Star Wars movies added three more Oscars to combine for a total of nine Oscars, but none came in the major enviable categories.
Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the pairing has enjoyed immense success at the box office with Star Wars, particularly with release dates in December.
In 2015, the first episode in the Sequel Trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, was released on December 18 and went on to become the third highest-grossing movie of all time with $2.06 billion worldwide.
Despite smashing box office records, the film barely struck an audible chord at the subsequent Oscars. Five nominations, including Best Original Music Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Visual effects all went begging.
Star Wars: Rogue One, met with similar such box office success, cracking over $1 billion dollars following its release in the month of December in 2016. It received two nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects but won zero awards.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which came to movie screens around the world in December 2017 and marked the second installment of the Sequel trilogy, grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing movie of 2017 and the seventh movie in the United States. It was also the ninth movie of all time.
The Last Jedi caught Oscar’s attention, receiving 4 nominations at the 90th Academy Awards from Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects to Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. Once again, it didn’t take home any golden statues in any category.
The latest episode, Star Wars IX, is not set to drop until December 20, 2019, but the box office buzz is almost palpable as diehard fans can’t wait for the final episode of The Age of Resistance trilogy to hit screens around the world. The anticipation was heightened when Disney pushed back the release date from May to December.
Considering Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker isn’t out yet it’s difficult to gauge whether it will finally buck the losing trend at the Oscars or whether it will be rewarded with a Best Picture nomination.
What we do know for now is that it’s certain to be a huge box office success with fans and, alas, remain a longshot bet with top sportsbooks at the podium at the coming 92nd Academy Awards. Suppose Disney will have to settle on just making billions worldwide. Ho Hum.