'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Lost The 2016 Oscars, Because The Academy Shot First

Now that award season is coming to a slow, it's time to reflect on which movies earned accolades from Hollywood over the past few months. While it was certainly one of the biggest box office wins, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has also earned a considerable amount of praise from critics and award shows alike. It stars Harrison Ford, introduced audiences to BB8, and features Han and Leia's son — what more could George Lucas fans want?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the seventh film in the franchise set in a galaxy far, far away. It's the highest grossing film in the United States — ever. (And that's pretty impressive for any galaxy.) But while it did phenomenally well at the U.S. (and global) box offices, big dollars don't always translate to award season success. The Disney film was nominated for an Academy Award in five categories: Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects. Five nominations is nothing to complain about, but the film was notably left out of the larger categories, such as Best Picture, Best Director, and acting divisions. Still, it has the potential to take home awards in editing, effects, and sound categories.

So how did Star Wars: The Force Awakens do at the 2016 Oscars? Let's take a look.

Best Film Editing

Nominees:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey)

The Big Short (Hank Corwin)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)

The Revenant (Stephen Mirrione)

Spotlight (Tom McArdle)

Fate:

Lost. Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Best Original Score

Nominees:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Williams)

Bridge of Spies (Thomas Newman)

Carol (Carter Burwell)

The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

Sicario (Jóhann Jóhannsson)

Fate:

Lost. Winner: The Hateful Eight.

Best Sound Editing

Nominees:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Matthew Wood & David Acord)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Mark Mangini & David White)

The Martian (Oliver Tarney)

The Revenant (Martin Hernandez & Lon Bender)

Sicario (Alan Robert Murray)

Fate:

Lost. Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Best Sound Mixing

Nominees:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson)

Bridge of Spies (Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Drew Kunin)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Chris Jenksin, Gregg Rudloff, Ben Osmo)

The Martian (Paul Massey, Mark Taylor, Mac Ruth)

The Revenant (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño, Randy Thom, Chris Duesterdiek)

Fate:

Lost. Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road.

Best Visual Effects

Nominees:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan and Chris Corbould)

Ex Machina (Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Andrew Jackson, Tom Wood, Dan Oliver and Andy Williams)

The Martian (Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Chris Lawrence and Steven Warner)

The Revenant (Rich McBride, Matthew Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer)

Fate:

Lost. Winner: Ex Machina.

Total: 0/5

Well, it seems that The Academy shot first — Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a crowd pleaser, but not an Oscar voter darling.

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