“There are 44 Oscar nominees who have appeared in a Star Wars movie.”
~Our Staff, All Week, They Literally Won’t Shut Up About it
This article is very pointless and dumb for most people, and our writers are obsessed with it. Let’s talk about Star Wars, you buncha nerds.
Since 1977, the world has been gifted (and in some case, begrudgingly offered as a cash grab) eleven different films in the Star Wars Universe. There are also some animated tv shows out there if you really want to get deep into that shit.
During that time, many well-regarded actors with numerous accolades have appeared in a Star Wars film. Specifically, the Star Wars universe features a staggering amount of Academy Award nominated individuals who appear, either onscreen or as voices, in these films. We counted. It’s 44.
Keep in mind, many other famous actors have appeared in these films who have not been nominated for an Academy Award. Ewan McGregor and Christopher Lee have never received Oscar nominations, for example (though McGregor has Golden Globe nominations)
Frank Oz (a.k.a. Yoda) has an Emmy. Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa) has won a Golden Globe. By the way, did you know that Rose Byrne (2 Golden Globe nominations) was in Attack of the Clones? And Joel Edgerton, who was in the prequel trilogy as young Owen Lars, has a Golden Globe nomination to his name for Loving. They are not on this list. But a LOT of people are! Anyway! Let’s get into this nerd fest!
Every Oscar-Nominee Who Has Appeared in a Star Wars Film
“You’re going to really regret giving me this Academy Award, AFFotD.”
Earlier this week we decided on a whim (read as, while drinking whiskey in the middle of the day) that we would go through all the Academy Awards for Best Picture that were handed out in every ceremony from 1970 through 2009 and determine what movies from that year should really have come away with the win. And, well, it took us 4,500 words to cover five years. Yeah, um, this is going to take a while. So let’s keep motoring through.
But first, a quick refresher on our process here. We will list each Academy Award by the year the award was presented, as opposed to the year that the films came out. Yes, it’s frustratingly confusing, but we’ve made this arbitrary decision and are sticking to it.
So all of our entries for 1975 came out in 1974, 1976’s Oscar is for films released in 1975, you get the idea. We’ll tell you what movie won originally as well as what films were originally nominated. We will include the IMDB user ratings for each film as a widely imperfect marker of quality. Then, we’ll decide who actually deserves that Academy Award. In our first article, two films kept their statue, while three were handed out to different nominees. A film doesn’t have to have been nominated originally to get the award, but it does help.
Now, with that all being said, let’s dive into our next batch of films.
Re-Awarding the Academy Award for Best Picture (1975-1979)
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Comparing America to France is like comparing a Filet Mignon to a country that no one likes. There’s a reason why food critics write for different types of websites than people who are trying to teach you how to set up a compost pile. France is a piece of shit, is what we’re trying to say. But every once and a while, even a terrible, terrible nation like France can do something that makes us, well, envious. And when that happens, it puts us in a psychological shame spiral that inevitably leads to driving a few cars through convenience store walls to steal massive amounts of 40s.
This is one of those times. Stay away from any of the 7-Elevens in your neighborhood that sell liquor, because take a look at what we found that the French are selling.
IT’S A DARTH VADER BURGER WITH AN ENTIRELY BLACK BUN! GODDAMN IT FRANCE! IT’S ON!
Culture War 2: AFFotD Takes on France’s Only Good Idea Ever