By Patrick Shanley
With Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens set to break box office records later this month, the conversation for the film’s Oscar chances is also blasting off.
Though the film is headlined by two little-known stars, the roster of Oscar talent that The Force Awakens boasts is noteworthy. The cast includes Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o (who won best supporting actress in 2014 for 12 Years a Slave) and Oscar nominees Max Von Sydow and Harrison Ford.
Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the film with director J.J. Abrams and Oscar winner Michael Arndt (who won best original screenplay in 2007 for indie dramedy Little Miss Sunshine) whose resume includes both Episodes V and VI in the Star Wars series as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark, has earned four nominations in his career (though none for Star Wars).
Legendary composer John Williams also returns to score the film. The five-time Oscar winner has composed the music for every Star Wars film to date, and received a nomination for best original score for each film in the original trilogy (Williams took home the Oscar for the original entry in the franchise).
Looking back at the series’ history with the Academy, the number of nominations and Oscars for George Lucas‘ epic space saga is staggering.