Many of us entertainment writers and film critics didn’t get to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the week leading up to the film’s release. For those who cover the press junket scene, being able to see a film early enough is necessary to compile questions for the interviews. But Disney made it clear that it wasn’t going to happen so that everyone around the world can share the same experience around the world. It was a decision that clearly paid off for them. Not only is the film a box office smash around the globe, critics seemed to have fallen in love with it.
It seems pretty clear that with a film that both critics and the general audience liked, it should be in the running for some major awards like the Oscars. During the promotions at Winter TCAs for Hulu’s latest miniseries 11.22.63, J.J. Abrams talked a little bit about what fans could expect to see in the home entertainment release for The Force Awakens, and the possibility of the film winning an Oscar. Check out his comments below.
Here’s what Abrams had to say at the TCAs (via Collider):
â€œIâ€™m only hoping that there are certain people I know that deserve it desperately, and it would be wonderful if they got it. I feel like I have the gift of working on that film is such that I donâ€™t need any further validation other than the movie being out there and people liking the movie, but there are people that I will be disappointed if they donâ€™t get nominated. If I mention 8 people, the 9th person will be like â€˜thanks.â€™ But honestly, it feels obvious to me who deserves that kind of recognition. They might no even care. They may say â€˜Oh please,â€™ but I saw how hard some of these artists work and they are very deserving.â€
In regards to his reaction to the recent news that the film is now the number one box office grossing film, domestically, and pretty soon globally, Abrams said this:
â€œWhatever the numbers are, Iâ€™m just so grateful that the movie is out there and itâ€™s being well receivedâ€¦ Iâ€™m grateful to anyone who has gone to see the movie, and when I hear anecdotally 7-8 times, I just want to apologize to Iâ€™m guessing their parents. No, Iâ€™m just very grateful and I canâ€™t believe itâ€™s done. Itâ€™s 2 years of very intense work by a lot of people. Iâ€™m so happy with the work that people did, even the people you donâ€™t see in the movie, like the puppeteers, I watched them in 120 degree heat in Abu Dhabi bring BB-8 to life, and then we [CG] them out of the movie, and Iâ€™m just so happy people get to see what they did.â€
We know that Maz Kanata handing Anakin’s lightsaber to Leia didn’t make it into the film, and that not everything that we saw in the trailers and TV spots seemed to have made its way into the final cut. When asked about if there will be an extended cut, Abrams said, “There will be deleted scenes, but not an extended version.” He added that the first cut of the theatrical release was “close to two hours and 50 minutes.” The final cut of the film was two hours and 16 minutes.
It should be interesting to see what scenes were chosen to be cut from the final edit.