Disney is making a push for Mark Hamill and Daisy Ridley to receive Oscar nominations for their performances in The Last Jedi.
The hype is real for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is only two days away for most of us. The initial reactions are overwhelmingly positive, by those strong enough with the Force to have seen it already.
If the anticipation weren’t killing you already, this reveal would push you off the edges of Ahch-To’s cliffs.
Clayton Davis via AwardsCircuit.com revealed these exciting details:
Disney, in fact, submitted this consideration to the Academy, apparently showing great faith in the actor’s performances. What this push means is that Disney believes that both Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill are worthy of Academy Award nominations.
It’s now up to the Academy and its guild to decide the merit of the two actors. Nominations of this sort are (near) uncharted territory for the Star Wars franchise.
Only A New Hope was “worthy” of nominations in the most substantial Academy Award categories — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Sir Alec Guinness) in 1978.
Could Daisy Ridley and/or Mark Hamill join Sir Alec Guinness within this elite group? Man, we certainly hope so.
Daisy Ridley was flawless in The Force Awakens, and we would love for the female lead to get a nod for history’s sake.
Mark Hamill is one who has often been type-cast during his acting career — as Luke Skywalker and a voice actor.
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Even though Skywalker is an iconic character, he hasn’t been worthy of recognition of this magnitude, as of yet.
The thought of Mark Hamill walking down the aisle to claim this award would not only mean a lot to the franchise, but to its fans.
The response would be similar to Sylvester Stalone in Creed, who like Hamill, brought back a character from that spawned in the 1970’s and turned it into an Oscar nomination in the 21st Century.
Twitter would blow up if Hamill hoisted an Oscar like that glowing green-bladed lightsaber, making it possibly the most iconic moment in Star Wars history.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres December 15, worldwide, just a few grueling days away. We are all eager to see what’s warranted this excitement with Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill, as Master and Apprentice.