Regardless of having never been nominated, J.J. Abrams believes that Mark Hamill’s performance in Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi will win him an Oscar next year.
In the second film of the new trilogy, after The Force Awakens in 2015, Hamill will return as Luke Skywalker, but with a greatly-increased presence on screen.
The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams told the New York Daily News that he thinks Mark Hamill will win an Oscar for his role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“I think we are all going to be very upset if he does not win an Oscar,” Abrams said. “And no one more upset than Mark.” Abrams continued: “He is hysterically funny. He has done comedy. He is an amazing guy – he can do anything.”
Hamill first played Luke Skywalker in 1977’s Star Wars and has reprised the role in three other movies, including The Force Awakens, in which he shows up for just a minute and doesn’t say a word.
But he’ll presumably play a much bigger part in The Last Jedi, when he either decides to mentor Rey (Daisy Ridley) or continue his solitary existence atop a cliffside.
The original trilogy won some technical awards, most going to the first film and no Oscar wins in any category since Return of the Jedi. George Lucas, who created the franchise, lobbied very hard for Frank Oz to get a Supporting Actor nomination for the work he did as Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back, a plan that ultimately did not work.
Even though Hamill has been acting since 1970, he has never been nominated for an Oscar. Most of the awards he has won or been nominated for have been for his extensive voiceover work.
After his long and incredible career, maybe it is time for him to finally win this top honor. Whether he deserves it or not is something fans will not be able to consider until December. It’s a long wait, but if Abrams is right, it’ll be worth it.