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  • Chris Beachum
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    The cast of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was in full force on Friday at Comic-Con. They also unveiled behind-the-scenes footage for the first time, including shots of several of the characters in costume.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTNJ51ghzdY&feature=youtu.be

    Based on early tracking, some are projecting this could be the all-time record holder for box office when it opens in December.

    Could one-time-only Oscar nominee Harrison Ford even be given a late career Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor?

    How many Oscar nominations will this film receive in early 2016?

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    KyleBailey
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    It depends on how much the original cast is going to be used. I thought they would be more of cameo type roles and then let the newbies take over. I think it will do very well in the tec categories. If Max Von Sydow has a significant role, I can see him getting nominated. In a perfect world, George Miller and JJ Abrams would be nominated and show Hollywood that practical effects still do the job if not better! 

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    Noé
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    #190038

    Not less than six:
    Original Score, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

    If things go well two more:
    Cinematography, Editing.

    If great:
    Picture, Screenplay.

    If everything and beyond:
    Director, Acting.

     

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I think the original cast will have a very small role in the new film, but I could imagine Max Von Sydow getting the Alec Guinness treatment, and be the sole acting nomination. It’s coming out at the perfect time to get a BP nomination if it gets tremendous reviews, because chances are it will be the #1 box office film through the entirety of the voting period. When it’s too big to ignore, it will just be a matter of how good it is/how much the voters like it.

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    Cheshire
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    I can easily see Visual Effects and Make-up & Hair-styling. Those two I believe can almost be called locks at this point of time. The rest I’m not so sure about yet.

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    DominicCobb
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    #190041

    Not less than six:
    Original Score, Production Design, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, Visual Effects.

    If things go well two more:
    Cinematography, Editing.

    If great:
    Picture, Screenplay.

    If everything and beyond:
    Director, Acting.

    This list looks pretty good to me.

    It really does come down to quality. All evidence at this point says that it will not be a Phantom Menace level disappointment. But, even if it is, that film was still nominated for three Oscars (Visual Effects, Sound x2). Revenge of the Sith was later nominated for make up (which you forgot Noe), so I’d say even if the film isn’t all that good, those four are still within the realm of possiblity (also of note, JJ’s first Trek film was nominated for all those four).

    Score would be next. Usually the Academy has to like a movie to give it a score nod, and I think, again, we can assume that most people will like this movie. A Williams score is almost always a sure thing, and he already has a win and two additional noms for the franchise.  

    From there, Production and Costume Design shouldn’t be too hard, they often give nods for those out to blockbusters. The only hurdle at this point would simply be nomination count. If The Force Awakens is going to get 7 nominations, they’re going to have to really like it. Which I do think is possible.

    Cinematography and Editing are also within reach. Special effects films often get nods for those two, and the original Star Wars won the Editing Oscar. These two could potentially be switched out with some of the others, but, if the film actually gets all of these nominations its total count would be 9, which would just about guarantee a BP nom. For this to happen, it would need universal acclaim (90s on RT and 80s on Metacritic probably) and to also be a mammoth hit (like maybe biggest movie ever big).

    What’s crazy is I actually think those things are possibile too. Avatar managed it just six years ago. The original Star Wars not only got a BP nomination, most thought it would win. Of course, as always, some of this will come down to competition. There’s a sliver of possibilty that it gets a screenplay nom too, but I think that’d be harder (but again, the original got that one, so there’s a precedent).

    What I don’t think is possible is a Directing and/or Acting nom (by the way, we have no idea how big some of these supporting roles will be – Sydow could have like two mnutes of screentime [notice, he’s one of the only cast members whose role hasn’t been revealed]). The film would need to be topping end of the year lists and getting critic nominations and I just don’t see that happening. If it did, though, it would surely be in competition for the win.

    It’s interesting to look at the blockbusters this year, and see that so many have Oscar aspirations. Inside Out, Mad Max, Spectre, Star Wars. Will any of them even get a Picture nomination? Who knows. But it’d be fitting this year, which will likely be the biggest year ever, box office wise, if more than one box office hit got into the big race. Again, it’ll depend on the competition. If it’s a weak year, like 2009, we could see it (I remember some people going as far as to predict Star Trek would get a BP nom that year), if not, it’ll be tough. We’ll see! I’m excited. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    #190042

    Much like Noe (and DominicCobb) said, I think these are not only possible, but probable:

    Visual Effects
    Sound Editing
    Sound Mixing
    Production Design
    Costume Design
    Makeup and Hairstyling

    Very possible:

    Original Score
    Editing
    Cinematography
    Picture

    If Better Than Expected:

    Director
    Adapted Screenplay
    Supporting Actor (Ford/Sydow/Isaac)
    Supporting Actress (Ridley/Fisher/Christie)

    I think it’s nomination count will be, realistically, between 6-12.   

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    TomHardys
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    #190043

    If worthy, as many as possible.
    I saw the Comic-Con reel and almost fainted. It looks astonishingly beautiful and I hope the plot, the direction and the cast meet the expectations. 

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    #190044

    Right! I forgot Make Up! Even in a not so good scenario, I think this one is in the bag, already the frontrunner. Tends to be a weak category and could be the consolation award for The Force Awakens.
     

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    An acting nom perhaps?

    ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ Eyes Benicio Del Toro to Play Villain

    July 20, 2015 | 4:42 PM
     
    Rian Johnson is directing the sci-fi sequel for Disney and Lucasfilm, which will release the movie in 2017
    Full story at TheWrap

     

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    #190046

    If Harrison Ford got an Oscar for this film, that’d be something. It would likely be one of those “it’s his turn” type awards, but for his performance in the franchise that first made him a star. 

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    babypook
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    #190047

    It wouldnt take much for me to get my hopes up for him…..he’s terrific, and under-appreciated.

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    #190048

    He should have been nominated for 42

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    #190049

    Guys, John Williams is a lock. The music branch loves this guy and they are not going to pass up the opportunity to honor him returning to one of his most iconic works.

    If this gives that magic and awe feeling of the original (which all signs at the moment point to yes), then I expect double digit nominations. 

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    I think the film could easily nab Best Visual Effects and Best Original Score. I also wouldn’t be surprised if the film received nods for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Furthermore, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Production Design are attainable. Beyond that, I don’t see it getting much attention. I think the hype for a good Star Wars film has made people consider this for Best Picture, and I just don’t think that’s plausible.

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