Hello, Bloggers, welcome to another episode of Topic Of The Day. For today's topic, I will discuss some news that is surprising yet not surprising. According to The Wrap, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will sit out the early awards shows in December. It'll skip the National Board of Review Awards, won't screen for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and won't screen for the Los Angeles Film Critics Association or the New York Film Critics Circle.
Now the aforementioned critics bodies (NBR, LAFCA, NYFCC) usually go for smaller fare anyway. Also, Star Wars: The Force Awakens likely isn't an actors movie. It's more important to land a Producers Guild nod, though, and those nominations aren't announced until January, thankfully. Like the article said, it isn't going to sit oit the race entirely. They're just trying to keep the film under wraps as much as possible before the film comes out. This film is already a phenomenon so expectations are quite high and it would be unfortunate for them to potentially ruin it with bad word of mouth. Although, because the film is already a global phenomenon, I think it'll still have a potential chance at Best Picture if it fires on all cylinders (fans, critics, and especially the industry).
Not only that, but it wouldn't be the only late arrival to make a big splash on Nomination Day. When we think there is an early frontrunner, sometimes, a film can appear late in the game and steal plenty of thunder. So while the words "sitting out the early awards shows" may sound worrisome, it might just be waiting for the more important ones to take place. If the film is good, then I hope it can gain some momentum even though it has plenty of it in general.
What do you guys think? Are you worried by this recent announcement or do you think it still has a chance at Best Picture? Please feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading!