Sunday, February 28, 2016

Spotlight: 'Star Wars' Oscar Acceptance Speeches

By: Dominic Jones

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is up for five Oscars at tonight's Academy Awards.  Before the ceremony kicks off tonight, let's look back at the times Star Wars films won Oscars, beginning with the most successful Oscar night the galaxy far, far away ever had.  Back at the 1978 ceremony Star Wars was up for ten golden statues and won six of them: Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.  Check out the acceptance speeches below,

In addition, Mark Hamill (along with C-3PO and R2-D2) appeared to present a special achievement Oscar to Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind for Sound.  Check it out below,

Looks like the droids will be on hand once again at tonight's ceremony.  The Academy tweeted out this picture yesterday,
Star Wars' only other big award win at the Oscars came three years later when The Empire Strikes Back won for Sound Mixing.  Check out Lando himself, Billy Dee Williams, and Bernadette Peters present the award below,

Both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi also picked up special achievement awards for Visual effects at the 1981 and 1984 Oscars respectively,

None of the Star Wars Prequels won any Academy Awards, however they did pick up several nominations. The Phantom Menace was nominated for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects, Attack of The Clones picked up a nod for Visual effects, and Revenge of the Sith was nominated for Best Makeup.

Hopefully we'll have several more acceptance speeches to add to list after tonight's ceremony.  The Force Awakens is nominated for Film Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.  In addition, both director JJ Abrams and star Daisy Ridley will be on hand as presenters at the Chris Rock hosted ceremony.

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