Monday, February 29, 2016

Star Wars Highlights From The 88th Academy Awards

By: Benjamin Hart & Dominic Jones

Last night all eyes were on Hollywood as the 88th annual Academy Awards took place! Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens was honored with five Oscar nominations, and while it ended up not taking home the gold, there was plenty of Star Wars mixed into the event. Below we have recapped all of the Star Wars filled moments from the Oscars!

First off, the "year in film" video that opened the event Featured several scenes from The Force Awakens, including BB-8 pulling the tarp of R2-D2(who was replaced with an Oscar), the now infamous "That's not how the Force works" scene, and Finn & Rey's simultaneous "I can do this" lines inside the Millennium Falcon, among others. You can watch it below:

Additionally, The Force Awakens' own Rey, Daisy Ridley, made a huge impression with her appearance on the red carpet. Later she presented the award for Best Documentary Feature alongside Dev Patel:

The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was on hand to present the award for Best Director:

And Supreme Leader Snoke himself, Andy Serkis, also took the stage to present the award for Best Visual Effects:

It's also worth noting that famed Italian composer Ennio Morricone won the Oscar best original score for his work on The Hateful Eight. In his acceptance speech he payed tribute to fellow composer and nominee John Williams:

Also appearing on stage were the most famous trio of Droids in the Galaxy. C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 walked and rolled their way out on stage while they apparently searched for their seats. Before exiting the stage they managed to give a shout out to John Williams who had just earned his 50th Oscar nomination. You can watch the full skit below:

In the video you may have noticed the a young boy who jumped out of his seat when the Droids came on stage. That was nine year old Jacob Tremblay, who starred in the Oscar nominated film Room alongside Brie Larson, who took home the award for Best Actress later that night. Tremblay is a massive Star Wars fan and showed up on the red carpet wearing Millennium Falcon cuff links and Darth Vader socks:

Later he got to meet Daisy Ridley and the Droids, much to his delight:

A photo posted by Jacob Tremblay (@jacobtremblay) on

A photo posted by Jacob Tremblay (@jacobtremblay) on

BB-8 especially drew a lot of attention, as always, and actors Jared Leto and Reese Witherspoon took selfies with the Droid:

Live! with Kelly and Michael host Kelly Rippa also had a moment of her own with BB-8:

A video posted by LIVE with Kelly and Michael (@kellyandmichael) on

And Lady Gaga got to meet Threepio:

Some other Star Wars actors that were not in attendance had some great reactions to the Oscars as well:

Beyond numerous nominations and several Oscars Star Wars has picked up over the years, the saga has rich history with the event dating back to when A New Hope won 6 Oscars in 1978. Check out our recent spotlight article on Oscar acceptance speeches for a trip down memory lane.

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