Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens

The talk around this year’s Oscars is winding down—wait, who are we kidding?—which of course means it’s time to move on to discussing next year’s potential nominees. Get Out is getting a lot of positive buzz, so maybe Jordan Peele will get a nod for best original screenplay come next January. Elsewhere, J.J. Abrams is offering up Mark Hamill’s The Last Jedi performance for your consideration (or rather, the Academy’s). The Force Awakens director and Last Jedi executive producer tells The New York Daily News that Hamill’s work on Episode VIII is Oscar caliber: “I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark.”

Abrams was quoted at the Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles, where Martin Short, Glen Hansard, Caitriona Balfe, Ruth Negga, and Zachary Quinto were honored last week. The Bad Robot producer didn’t elaborate on Hamill’s role in The Last Jedi, but he did praise the star’s versatility: “He is hysterically funny. He has done comedy. He is an amazing guy—he can do anything.”

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[via ScreenRant]