Leading up to the 90th Academy Awards on March 4th, we’re going to be diving into as many of the nominated films as possible and taking a look at what their chances are for taking home the Oscar. You can check out our list of where to watch each film here, and see the full list of nominees here. Today we’re continuing things with a look into Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is nominated for Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing & Best Visual Effects.
If you’re reading this then you have probably already seen The Last Jedi. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s the 8th episode in the Star Wars Saga and the second film in the new trilogy. It features Carrie Fisher’s final performance as Princess Leia and Mark Hamill’s return as Luke Skywalker. It’s possibly the most divisive film of 2017, which actually may help its Oscar chances. That being said, there’s a good chance it won’t go home with a single award.
It’s hard to believe that the Academy will give John Williams an Oscar for the score, considering there are many themes that are continued from previous Star Wars films. In terms of sound, Baby Driver and Dunkirk are the current front-runners in both of those categories, and for good reason. The Last Jedi’s best bet for an Oscar is in the Visual Effects category, but even then, it’s facing an uphill battle.
The Visual Effects category this year may be the hardest category to determine. Kong: Skull Island recreates one of the greatest characters in all of film history. But, Jedi has Yoda. Blade Runner 2049 is a sci-fi epic that has been touted as one of the best films of the year. But Jedi is also a sci-fi epic. War for the Planet of the Apes features some of the best motion capture work ever put on screen. But Jedi features Andy Serkis (Caesar in Apes) in another perfect motion capture role. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 features one of the biggest visual effects pieces of all time with Ego’s planet, as well as some of the best de-ageing work ever seen. If Star Wars is going to win, it’s because of the practical effects used in the film. The new trilogy has seen a return to form, with filmmakers attempting to use as many practical effects as possible. That being said, half of the team nominated was also nominated two years ago for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that got beat out by Ex Machina.
Again, if Jedi stands any chance in winning an Oscar, it’s for Visual Effects. But it may be the underdog, especially given that the Academy generally doesn’t like to hand Disney awards except for in music and animation. If Jedi does take the Visual Effects award home, I honestly believe it will be thanks to one thing and one thing only: Yoda. His cameo in the film, and the fact that he’s a puppet and not a CGI character, is a huge moment. That being said, the Academy doesn’t always realize that this category includes practical effects, and those that do still give it to films with amazing computer effects. Once again, this may be the hardest race this year.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently in theaters. Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for all of our Oscar coverage. The Oscars air on ABC on March 4th at 8pm ET.