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The Original Trilogy at the Oscars


The Original Trilogy won 10 Academy Awards in total: 7 wins for Star Wars, 2 wins for Empire and 1 win for Jedi.

I have a few questions about the Original Trilogy at the Oscars, if anyone can help?

Did anyone stay up and watch these live on TV at the time? What the buzz about the films at the Oscars? Were they expected to win as many as they did? Was it important or a “big deal” at the time?

Did the films have more respect afterwards because they won so many awards at the Oscars, or did that not really change?

What was the importance or surprise of a science fiction film winning Oscars at the time? Especially in 1978, where sci-fi was considered dead genre, maybe a even lower form of film, or a film more for children and teens?

Does George Lucas & Lucasfilm also now play down the films’ Oscars achievements too? Even more because the Special Editions cuts cannot claim to be the same Oscar winning films, and it appears they do not like talking about the unaltered theatrical cuts?

Are they also downplayed a little because the Prequel Trilogy and Sequel Trilogy did not win any Oscars?:
A History of Star Wars at the Oscars” at Vulture

George & Lucasfilm seemed to be proud they won so many Oscars at the time, with the poster image above and other “congratulations” posters, but not much is seen, discussed or archived about them now.


Some fascinating pieces and information on the Original Trilogy at the Oscars:

Star Wars:

“40 years on: Star Wars at the Oscars” at Episode Nothing (Part 1) (Part 2) (Part 3)
You Show Good Taste: Star Wars at the '78 Oscars” at Star Wars At The Movies
Oscars Database for Star Wars

The Empire Strikes Back:

Special Visual Effects for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” at American Cinematographer
Thank you, Lando: Empire at the ‘81 Oscars” at Star Wars At The Movies
Oscars Database for Empire

Return Of The Jedi:

Return of the Jedi Oscar Consideration Ad” at The Mighty Jabba
That Time Cheech and Chong Presented an Academy Award to ‘Return of the Jedi’” at ReMezCla
Oscars Database for Jedi

If anyone here knows of more online articles on the OT at the Oscars please post them in here too.


Some quality articles there, Johan - and cool idea for a thread too. I don’t have much in the way of answers for you - though hopefully some of the [cough] more ‘mature’ or knowledgeable members on here do. 👍

The 1990 and 1992 ‘winged’ VHS box set releases both make prominent mention of the Academy Awards each film won and was nominated for (along with the box office takings) on the ‘winged’ sections…

^ from 1990.


^ from 1992.

Yet I don’t recall them being prominently mentioned (if at all) on many releases after that.


You could be right on Lucasfilm somewhat downplaying the past achievements - given these are more seemingly ‘focused’ on the Special Editions than the unaltered theatrical classic cuts… though Lucasfilm does still put up their most recent film releases for Oscar nominations - and have received a fair number too - yet as you say… no actual wins since 1984.


Gary Kurtz’ Star Wars scrapbook - available to see at the - is worth checking out as an additional source of information too.

“Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?”

“Why don’t you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?” - Oddball, of The Awkward Squad


The features on Episode Nothing and Star Wars at the Movies are awesome! I hope they both do a feature on Return Of The Jedi at the 1984 Oscars.