The hype for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has hit huge levels in the days leading up to its release. The first reactions to the follow-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been positive. One thing that has been of note is Mark Hamill’s performance as Luke Skywalker. Disney and Lucasfilm seem to agree, as they are launching an Oscar campaign to get Mark Hamill nominated for Best Actor at the Academy Awards.
It is not surprising that Disney and Lucasfilm are campaigning to get awards for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The franchise is not a stranger to awards, but it has garnered more love in technical categories. They are campaigning for Daisy Ridley to be nominated as Best Actress according to Awards Circuit:
“Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) will campaign in LEAD ACTOR for the #Oscars for Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Daisy Ridley will also campaign in LEAD ACTRESS! #StarWars #TheLastJedi #FYC”
While the idea of Mark Hamill possibly being nominated is poetic. According to Awards Circuit, Disney and Lucasfilm are campaigning to get Star Wars: The Last Jedi nominated in all major categories. This includes Best Picture, Rian Johnson for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, among many others. Though, this is not the first we have heard of Hamill giving an Oscar-caliber performance in The Last Jedi. J.J. Abrams had indicated as much:
“I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark.”
When first Star Wars had released, Alec Guinness was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Obi-Wan Kenobi. The idea of an actor being nominated for their work in a Star Wars movie is not unheard of. But the field is crowded this year, and it may be tough to get Mark Hamill a nomination. He is a great actor and.
The Golden Globes released its list of nominees and Star Wars was not featured in the categories. But with Star Wars: The Last Jedi arriving in theaters, the movie will get more attention and Academy members will be able to see this.