Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Receives Two Oscar Nominations

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has followed up its impressive 2016 with 2 Academy Award nominations. The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, is the first standalone film in the Star Wars universe and was well received by critics and fans alike.



The movie has been nominated in the following categories:


Visual Effects:

It is now (almost) a given that a Star Wars film will be up for the Visual Effects award, with the exception of Revenge of the Sith, and it will most likely be battling it out with the favorite, The Jungle Book, to take home the award. The other nominees are; Deepwater Horizon, Doctor Strange and Kubo and the Two Strings


Sound Mixing:

This is another category that the Star Wars franchise is familiar with and it stands up against an impressive list; Hacksaw Ridge, Arrival, La La Land and 13 Hours.



History at the Academy Awards:

Although The Force Awakens was nominated for 5 awards last year, Rogue One’s nominations continues a long tradition at the awards ceremony. Below is a complete list of Star Wars’ Oscar Nominations over the years:


Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977):

  • Best Art Direction – Set Decoration (WON)
  • Best Costume Design (WON)
  • Best Sound (WON)
  • Best Film Editing (WON)
  • Best Effects – Visual Effects (WON)
  • Best Original Score (WON)
  • Special Achievement in Sound Effects (WON)
  • Best Picture
  • Best Supporting Actor – Alec Guinness
  • Best Director – George Lucas
  • Best Original Screenplay – George Lucas


Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980):

  • Best Sound (WON)
  • Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects (WON)
  • Best Art Direction – Set Direction
  • Best Original Score


Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983):

  • Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects (WON)
  • Best Art Direction – Set Decoration
  • Best Sound
  • Best Effects – Sound Effects Editing
  • Best Original Score


Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999):

  • Best Sound
  • Best Effects – Sound Effects Editing
  • Best Effects – Visual Effects


Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002):

  • Best Visual Effects


Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005):

  • Best Achievement in Makeup


Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015):

  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Sound Mixing
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Visual Effects


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24 thoughts on “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Receives Two Oscar Nominations

  • January 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Alec Guiness was nominated for Obi-wan’s role? I’m genuinely surprised.

    • January 24, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      And Lucas for best director.

      • January 26, 2017 at 12:03 am

        Since the first Star Wars is his only awesome film that he ever directed and arguably the best Star Wars film to date he deserves it. The fact that he went on vacation thinking its going to be bad says all about him and his future directing career 🙂

    • January 25, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      He deserved it, However much he hated SW. Was the actor that brought acting legitimacy to the series off the bat and set the bar for how a Jedi should be. It could have been disasterous had they gone with a non-stage trained actor.

  • January 24, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    Good effort by the R1 special effects team, but The Jungle Book will win.

    • January 25, 2017 at 1:20 am

      And it deserves to.

  • January 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Wow… Kubo, Jungle Book and Rogue One. That’s legitimately a close race.

    One is a mix of painstaking stop motion and CGI that’s utterly beautiful. Another is like 99% fake but looks like a jungle with mostly compelling animals that talk. Then we get a space blast fest with touch ups through out and possibly the most convincing human CGI we’ve seen yet.

    I could go on and on about each of them and their merits… but my gut/heart kind of wants to see Kubo appreciated. Argh… I’m glad I’m not a voter.

  • January 24, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    none of the prequels were nominated for score? come on now.

    • January 24, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      I actually agree with this. While the complaints about those movies are obvious and constantly reiterated; the scores were all excellent in my opinion

      • January 24, 2017 at 10:40 pm

        I’d agree. The score was always the best part of the prequels. I’m not a prequel hater, there were plenty of scenes in each of the prequels I enjoyed but they fell flat. The music however did not.

      • January 24, 2017 at 10:41 pm

        Yup, the music for those was really good, some of the most iconic in Star Wars. Nothing beyond Rey’s theme really stands out to me since.

    • January 25, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Ep I definitely deserved at least a nom.
      Ep II and III… arguable, especially ep II (its the weakest SW score imo).

      • January 25, 2017 at 11:47 pm

        I would say Ep 2 was better than TFA. Listen to Across the Stars again. That’s better than a lot of scores itself

        • January 26, 2017 at 12:32 am

          I disagree. TFA is probably the best soundtracks in years. Its a symphonic masterpiece. Maybe not as grand and epic as TPM, but still subtle and engaging.
          Ep II is the weakest imo.
          Maybe the problem is that a love theme is the main motive, but the score as a whole just falls into boredom, there is barely any tone…
          I mean just listen to the fight track… One great track can’t fix all the shortcomings.

          • January 26, 2017 at 12:37 am

            I agree about the fight track in Clones but I would make the same agrument about TFA’s score and it’s only redeeming track being Rey’s theme. Other than that, TFA’s score felt recycled to me i guess

          • January 26, 2017 at 12:47 am

            It certainly feels derivative, but that wasn’t that kind of the goal?
            What I mean is that TFA has a definitive tone and motif, it feels like an integral part of the picture… It’s an elegant and smart soundtrack.
            And I think most of the new themes are all great. The Resistance March, Jedi Steps etc. As I said, it’s not as grand as TPM, but still subtle and engaging. It’s not an instant favourite, rather a slow burner.

            To me the Ep II soundtrack as a whole feels like mostly just background music. There is no definitive motif to me.
            Although the problem is probably that the movie itself also lacks build up and motif…

          • January 26, 2017 at 1:12 am

            I have to agree that the editing of EP2 probably hurt the soundtrack as well but I guess I’ll have to take another listen to the soundtrack of TFA as the only theme that stood out to me (and sounded new) was Rey’s.

    • January 25, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      The chopping up of the score in II and III really hurt them imo but I still liked them better than any of the Disney ones so far. I wish they’d hire someone who has done great SW music in the past like Jeremy Soule and Joel McNelly, They can’t be too expensive either. Instead we’ll probably get some generic Hans Zimmer shit next.

  • January 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Yeah, Don’t expect any wins this time either. I have to say though I love the R1 soundtrack a whole lot more than the TFA one. Inferior to the PT/OT ones but still not bad at all, Giacchino is the one person Abrams is tight with who isn’t a total hack (Looking at you Lindeloff, Kurtzman, Orci, etc) and I really wouldn’t mind him taking over for Williams in IX. Lucas knew when it was time to retire and I think John will too.

    • January 25, 2017 at 10:21 pm

      The score for 7 was excellent. 5 new themes for the Star Wars musical canon. No one else can match John Williams, even at 85. He is an irreplaceable genius.

  • January 25, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    SW not best score, never? how can oscar still have credibility after all these years?

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