J.J. Abrams Knows Who Should Win Next Oscar: Mark Hamill

By February 28, 2017

And the Oscar goes to … Mark Hamill?

The most recent edition of the Academy Awards have come and gone, but J.J. Abrams has his eye to 2018 where he really does think the man behind Luke Skywalker should be up for the coveted prize in the best actor category.

At least that’s what he told the New York Daily News during the recent Oscar Wilde Awards in Los Angeles.

I think we all are going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar, and no one more upset than Mark.

Sadly, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have not really looked too kindly to science-fiction and other geek stuff in the past – although getting nominated and winning is possible. Just ask the Lord of the Rings – except it took for the entire trilogy to be complete before The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King won best picture.

Yet, Star Wars has been up for Oscars over the years. In fact, Star Wars: A New Hope actually competed for the best picture prize in 1978, losing to Annie Hall. But the films have won other Oscars including best original score for John Williams, and some technical wins through the years.

But never has Star Wars been up for an acting trophy … and maybe Hamill’s return as Luke Skywalker (someone we saw, not heard, in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens) might be enough to cure that drought.

It’s not clear if Hamill really is expecting an Oscar for his work on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the actor has at least joked about the possibilities – especially as awards season had neared.

Then again, even Abrams admits Hamill has a great sense of humor.

“He is hysterically funny. He has done comedy. He is an amazing guy – he can do anything.”

In fact, Hamill recently jokingly apologized to the late Alec Guinness, who played Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope while commenting on a picture from the 1970s that showed Hamill in a hotel room with Star Wars co-stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher trying to recreate the famous poster from that original film.

Could Hamill get an Oscar? First we need to see how The Last Jedi turns out. And it opens Dec. 15.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.