‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’: Could Harrison Ford Get a Supporting Actor Nomination?
By Patrick Shanley
With presales for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens amounting in over $6.5 million dollars nearly a month and a half before the film is released in December, the latest entry in the Star Wars franchise is destined to be a massive commercial success.
The film will feature performances by the stars who helped make George Lucas‘ Star Wars a hit nearly 40 years ago, as original stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford all appear in the latest film. Of that trio only Ford has received an Oscar nomination, for best actor in his role as a cop aiding a young Amish boy in 1985’s Witness, and his reprisal of his iconic role as Han Solo may just earn him his second nom.
The Academy, as is often forgotten, is made up of human beings and, just like the rest of us, they are prone to sentimentality and nostalgia. Ford, whose career features some of the most legendary characters in film history, has been appearing on the big screen for the better part of four decades and this year has been a challenging one for the 73-year old actor.
Ford survived a plane crash earlier this year when his WWII vintage plane went down on Penmar Golf Course in Venice, CA. Arising from that shocking accident has been a group clamoring for an honorary Oscar for Ford, but with Star Wars: Episode VII set to break box office records next month, the star may be able to earn a nomination based on his performance.