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Oscar awards nominations 2016: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ gets Academy Awards best picture snub despite box office collections triumph

Fri January 15 2016, 11:22 pm
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    'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', may be the third-biggest film ever at the global box office, but it failed to grab a spot on best picture Oscar awards nominations 2016 list on Thursday. 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', the seventh installment of the space adventure saga created by George Lucas, did get five nominations, but they were limited to original score and technical categories like visual effects and editing. (Reuters photo)

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    Just a month after its release, 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' box office collections (global) have soared to $1.76 billion, according to movie studio Walt Disney, which brought the franchise in 2012 for $4 billion. The film is on course to challenge 1997 romance 'Titanic''s $2.18 billion haul to become the second-most successful movie of all time. (Reuters photo)

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    But, unfortunately for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', popularity has rarely been a recipe for Oscar success. The 6,000 or so voters who make up the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have traditionally disdained big action-adventure movies in favor of smaller art-house fare such as 'The Artist', 'Birdman', and 'The King's Speech' when choosing the best picture. (Reuters photo)

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    Since 1990, only the 2003 fantasy epic 'Lord of the Rings; The Return of the Kings' snapped that trend to win the top Oscar honor, although 'Avatar', still the biggest box-office movie of all time, received a best picture nomination in 2009.

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    'Star Wars: The Force Awakens', however, won almost universal praise from critics, and hopes were high that it might find a place in the best picture race this year. Yet on Thursday, Academy voters preferred action adventure 'Mad Max: Fury Road', giving it a best picture nod and nominations in nine other categories.

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    The first 'Star Wars' film, released in 1977, is the only one in the franchise to receive a best picture Oscar nomination, although it lost out that year to 'Annie Hall'. The handful of Academy Award honors for the previous six 'Star Wars' movies have been in technical categories. (Reuters photo)

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