Disney Launches Oscar Campaign for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ with Harrison Ford in Lead Actor

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starwars_fyc_screenshotWith a weekend that is on track to make box office history, along with a unpopular pitch from the Critics Choice Awards to place “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as a Best Picture nominee, J.J. Abrams’ megahit has just be given the Oscar campaign treatment.

On the Walt Disney Awards website, newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley will campaign in Lead Actor and Actress respectively, but more surprising, Harrison Ford has also been listed in Lead Actor.  Though all their chances at a nomination are a longshot at best, it’s interesting that Ford was given a lead push despite many believing that a Supporting Actor run would be in the cards.

In Supporting Actor, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Anthony Daniels received listings.  Interesting that Peter Mayhew was omitted.  In Supporting Actress, Carrie Fisher and Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o are listed accordingly.

The chances for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” will lie in all technical categories that are listed.

  • PRODUCTION DESIGN – Rick Carter and Darren Gilford (Production Designers) Lee Sandales (Set Decorator)
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY – Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC
  • COSTUME DESIGN – Michael Kaplan
  • FILM EDITING – Maryann Brandon, ACE
  • SOUND MIXING – Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio (Re-Recording Mixers), Stuart Wilson (Sound Mixer)
  • SOUND EDITING – Matthew Wood, David Acord (Supervising Sound Editors)
  • VISUAL EFFECTS – Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould
  • ORIGINAL SCORE – John Williams

It was announced last week that the film’s makeup failed to make the bakeoff for the Academy Awards.  The film will also vie for a nomination for Adapted Screenplay (written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams, and Michael Arndt) and Best Director (J.J. Abrams).  Abrams is also listed as a producer along with 8-time Oscar nominee Kathleen Kennedy and Emmy Award winner Bryan Burk (ABC’s “Lost”).

The legendary franchise was just named by AFI as one of the ten best films of the year.  The film is screening for members of the Academy Awards everyday until ballots are due on January 8 (except for Christmas Eve).

The deep dive into the film’s award chances will be digested in this week’s Oscar Circuit, along with a new set of Oscar Predictions.

Discuss its chances in the comments below!

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