Star Wars: The Force Awakens was seen by many as having an outside shot of being nominated for Best Film at the Oscars.
The space epic was snubbed, despite being named the fifth best film of the year by Empire magazine and coming ninth in respected critic Peter Travers’ annual ranking of movies.
Furthermore, Star Wars was also adored by cinema goers, becoming the highest grossing film in UK history, but will have to settle for five nominations in the more technical categories.
JJ Abrams’ picture is up for Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.
This awards season has been fairly quiet for the latest feather in Disney’s cap, having picked up one BAFTA from four nominations and being completely absent from the Golden Globes.
The lack of Globes nominations makes sense, given that they don’t honour technical accomplishments, and the BAFTA losses are understandable.
However, the Star Wars crew can expect a better night when they head to the Academy Awards with the categories more weighted in their favour.
The Force Awakens is set for a good night at the Oscars and backing them to pick up three statuettes at 15/4 would be a wise investment.
Best Original Score is almost guaranteed to go to Ennio Morricone for his incredible work on The Hateful Eight, while the likes of The Revenant and The Martian will provide stiff competition in both sound categories.
Star Wars deserves recognition for the atmosphere created in the film and if they don’t win Sound Mixing you can expect them to get the Sound Editing nod or vice versa.
Blockbusters always fair well in the Best Visual Effects category, with the likes of Spiderman 2 and Avatar winning in previous years, and this is award is tailor made for a movie like the Force Awakens.
That just leaves Best Film Editing and, given the production trickery used to create expansive worlds with relatively little CGI, the space romp is nailed on to get the nod and guarantee at least three honours.