Oscars 2017: ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Nabs 2 Nominations

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The cast and crew of Rogue One. (Getty)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continued adding to the Star Wars franchise’s history at the Academy Awards. While the film wasn’t as widely embraced by the Academy as The Force Awakens was last year, the first stand-alone film in the franchise nabbed two Oscar nominations.

The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, was only nominated for Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. In the Sound Mixing category, it is up against Best Picture nominees Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge and La La Land, as well as 13 Hours.

In the Visual Effects category, the film is up against The Jungle Book, which will likely be the frontrunner for the award. Deepwater Horizon Doctor Strange, and Kubo and the Two Strings were also nominated.

A year ago, The Force Awakens was also nominated for Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. It was also nominated for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound Editing.

For those keeping track of Star Wars‘ history at the Oscars, A New Hope remains the only film in the series nominated for Best Picture. The original 1977 film is also the most-honored movie, with six Oscar wins, plus a special award for Ben Burtt’s sound design.

Every movie in the franchise (yes, including the prequels) have been nominated for at least one Oscar. The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi both won special Visual Effects Oscars, since the category was still not included as a regular category in the early 1980s.

Revenge of the Sith is the only Star Wars film not honored with an Oscar or nomination for visual effects. Its lone nomination was for makeup. None of the prequels won Oscars. Since The Force Awakens didn’t win anything last year, no Star Wars film has won an Oscar since 1984, when Jedi won its special Visual Effects Oscar.

The 89th Academy Awards will air live on ABC on February 26.

The Complete List of Every Single ‘Star Wars’ Oscar Nomination

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Best Art Direction – Set Decoration (WON)
Best Costume Design (WON)
Best Sound (WON)
Best Film Editing (WON)
Best Effects – Visual Effects (WON)
Best Original Score (WON)
Special Achievement in Sound Effects (WON)
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actor – Alec Guinness
Best Director – George Lucas
Best Original Screenplay – George Lucas

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Best Sound (WON)
Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects (WON)
Best Art Direction – Set Direction
Best Original Score

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects (WON)
Best Art Direction – Set Decoration
Best Sound
Best Effects – Sound Effects Editing
Best Original Score

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Best Sound
Best Effects – Sound Effects Editing
Best Effects – Visual Effects

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Best Visual Effects

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Best Achievement in Makeup

Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
Best Film Editing
Best Original Score
Best Sound Mixing
Best Sound Editing
Best Visual Effects

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Best Visual Effects
Best Sound Mixing

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