How Many Academy Awards Have Star Wars Movies Won?

You don't necessarily think of Star Wars movies as being Academy Award winners, but they are. When A New Hope was released in 1977, it wasn't just the moviegoers that loved it, the critical reception was positive so, when it came to Oscar season, Star Wars actually got ten nominations and won seven.

That's right, A New Hope won six Academy Awards, an incredible achievement for a science fiction movie.

George Lucas got a Best Director nomination and Alec Guinness famously got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his efforts as the fatherly Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, neither won the respective awards.

The movie also failed to win Best Picture and Best Script.

Star Wars: A New Hope won Oscars for:

  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration.
  • Best Costume Design.
  • Best Sound.
  • Best Film Editing.
  • Best Effects, Visual Effects.
  • Best Music, Original Score by composer John Williams (he went on to score all nine main saga movies).

So Star Wars: A New Hope won six Oscars in total.

A key fact is that the person who won the gong for Film Editing was George Lucas's wife, Marcia Lucas. The tale of editing Star Wars is actually quite the story and Marcia is credited by those in the know as a key part of the success of the movie.

By the time The Empire Strikes Back rolled around, Lucas and film director Irvine Kershner had some issues with the Directors Guild of America, so it would seem these issues contributed to a lack of nominations, or perhaps the business had gotten over the sensation of Star Wars and was no longer so star struck.

  • The Empire Strikes Back won a gong for Best Sound.
  • Return of the Jedi won a special achievement award for Visual Effects.

While the awards dried up, the innovations that Lucasfilm came up with during production had a long and lasting effect on Hollywood and paved the way for many other moviemakers, which is probably the most rewarding thing for Lucas.

So in total Star Wars movies have won eight Oscars, with seven of them being “real” ones.

Other worthy awards won include a Golden Globe for John Williams' score and a BAFTA for Best Sound.

the phantom menace
Image Courtesy of Lucasfilm

The Phantom Menace Was Nominated for Three Oscars:

  • Best Sound – Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Shawn Murphy, and John Midgley.
  • Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing – Ben Burtt and Tom Bellfort.
  • Best Effects, Visual Effects – John Knoll, Dennis Muren, Scott Squires, and Rob Coleman.

The Attack of the Clones Was Nominated for One Oscar:

  • Best Visual Effects – Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll, and Ben Snow.

Revenge of the Sith Was Nominated for One Oscar:

  • Best Makeup – Dave Elsey and Nikki Gooley.

The Force Awakens Was Nominated for Five Oscars:

  • Best Film Editing – Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey.
  • Best Original Score – John Williams.
  • Best Visual Effects – Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould.
  • Best Sound Editing – Matthew Wood and David Acord.
  • Best Sound Mixing – Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson.

Rogue One Was Nominated for Two Oscars:

  • Best Sound Mixing – David Parker, Christopher Scarabosio, and Stuart Wilson.
  • Best Visual Effects – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal T. Hickel, and Neil Corbould.

The Last Jedi Was Nominated for Four Academy Awards:

  • Best Original Score – John Williams.
  • Best Visual Effects – Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, and Neal Scanlan.
  • Best Sound Editing – Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce.
  • Best Sound Mixing – Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, and Michael Semanick.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Was Nominated for One Oscar:

  • Best Visual Effects – Rob Bredow, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, and Dominic Tuohy.

Rise of Skywalker Was Nominated for Three Oscars:

  • Best Original Score – John Williams.
  • Best Visual Effects – Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach, and Dominic Tuohy.
  • Best Sound Editing: Matthew Wood and David Acord.

None of the above nominations resulted in wins.

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