The new trailer for the hotly anticipated sci-fi sequel "Star Wars The Force Awakens" premiered on Monday, which coincided with a rush of online ticket sales that crashed websites left and right – even though the film doesn't open until December 18. If nothing else, the film seems likely to be a box office behemoth, but could it win top Oscars just like another December sci-fi blockbuster from 2009, "Avatar"?
Our forum posters are discussing the parallels between the two films. Read some of their comments below, and click here to join the discussion:
FilmGuy619: Coincidentally, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is being released on the same day "Avatar" was (December 18th). Like "Avatar," it is also a sci-fi blockbuster and will likely make all the money in the world. If voters are feeling nostalgic, can "Star Wars" work the same magic as "Avatar" did or am I just being delusional? They did just have the worst ratings in 5 years and what better way to fix that than nominating what'll be the most popular movie at the moment, right?
MysteriousRent: I don't understand why people are expecting "A New Hope" instead of "The Phantom Menace." There are more not-good "Star Wars" movies than good ones.
DamianWayne: It might. We won't know until it's actually seen whether it's got the goods. But I have it in my BP predicts and I ain't taking it out until I know for sure it's not happening.
KyleBailey: Yeah I have it in my predictions but it is in the lower half right now. It all depends on if it does really well with the critics and industry response. I doubt that J.J. Abrams will mess anything up (then again, this is coming from the true "Star Wars" fan that loves ALL of the "Star Wars" movies).
DominicCobb: "Avatar" is sort of the high end of what's possible and might be too much considering it came from an Oscar winner and was seen as a big milestone, but it's important to remember another sci-fi film from 2009: Abrams's own "Star Trek." That film got four Oscar (tech) noms, a WGA adapted screenplay nom, and even a PGA nom for BP. I didn't pay as much attention to the race back then but I know some were predicting it to get an Oscar BP nod. If "Star Wars" is even better than that film, with its December release we could potentially see it making big waves Oscar morning.
FNLFan89: Regardless of quality, what may hurt "SW's" chances of getting a Best Picture nom may be the ranked voting system. How many voters are going to put this film as their number-one choice? If the voting system was non-ranked, like in 2009 and 2010, then I could see enough voters putting it in their ninth or 10th slots for the film to get in. It's not a coincidence during those two years a lot of blockbusters got nominated which wouldn't be the case had the voting system been different ("The Blind Side," "District 9," and "Up" in 2009; "Inception" and "Toy Story 3" in 2010).
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