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Can “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” pull an “Avatar”?

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  • FilmGuy619
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    #196120

    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?

    Let’s discuss. 

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    benbraddock
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    #196122

    I guess you didn’t see me pose this question last week and be shot down with multiple NO’S that this can’t happen.

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    M H
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    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. 

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    FilmGuy619
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    I suppose I didn’t. I’m expecting a lot of No’s. But I’m an optimist, so I try to believe that it can happen since they always go for what is popular at the time and this one definitely will be. 

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    DamianWayne
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    #196125

    It might. We won’t know until it’s actually seen whether its 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. 

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    KyleBailey
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    #196126

    Yeah I have it in my predictions but it is in the lower half right now. It all depends if it does really well with the critics and industry response. I doubt that JJ Abrams will mess anything up (then again, this is coming from the true Star Wars fan that loves ALL of the Star Wars movies) 

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    Halo_Insider
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    Ah, man. I don’t think loving all Star Wars makes one a true fan by definition. That’s like saying you’re a proper Star Trek fan for liking “Spock’s Brain”.

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    DominicCobb
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    #196128

    Isn’t there already a thread about this?

    Star Wars is a big wild card this season. It could obviously just be treated like other blockbusters (i.e. shafted) or the Acad might take more notice. The release date is going to really help it, and, if it beats Avatar’s record, that could help too. Obviously the easiest way to make sure the movie gets noms is for it to be good, which is possible. If the film is satisfying, a lot of people are going to really love it.

    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 4 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. 

    Likely:
    Visual Effects
    Score
    Sound Editing
    Sound Mixing

    Possible:
    Make-up and Hairstyling
    Production Design
    Costume Design 

    Long Shots:
    Picture
    Editing

    Probably Not:
    Cinematography
    Director

    Little Chance:
    Anything else 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #196129

    How dare you compare Avatar to Star Wars. Star Wars became a phenomenon, spawning massive merchandise and fandom and the films are remembered (for better or worse) by people do this day, almost 40 years after the original was in theatres. Avatar was popular for about 1 year and then everyone forgot about it (similar to Gravity, another movie that was overhyped as hell).

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    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. 

    Because UNLIKE The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens is using as much authentic effects as it can and has no Jar Jar Binks in it anywhere. 

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    KyleBailey
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    Ah, man. I don’t think loving all Star Wars makes one a true fan by definition. That’s like saying you’re a proper Star Trek fan for liking “Spock’s Brain”.

    I just get tired of this fatigue that you must hate the prequels to be a true Star Wars fan. Isn’t the point of loving a franchise to love them all?! Sure you don’t have to love them all but why scold the ones that do?  

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    manakamana
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    #196132

    It certainly can.

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    PJ Edwards
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    #196133

    No. It won’t even be the highest grossing film of the year.

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    Hunter Logan
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    No. It won’t even be the highest grossing film of the year.

    Funny, I predict it will be the highest grossing film of all time. 

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    PJ Edwards
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    Good luck with that. Many said the same thing about the Phantom Menace, and that ended up 200M short. And this doesn’t have the hype of the Phantom Menace.

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