Earlier today, the nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards were announced, and The Last Jedi has been nominated for four awards: best visual effects, best original score, best sound editing, and best sound mixing.
With its four nominations, The Last Jedi is tied for the third-most Oscar nominations amongst Star Wars films, behind A New Hope (10) and The Force Awakens (5) and tied with Return of the Jedi. A victory in any of the four categories would be the first Oscar for Star Wars since the original trilogy.
Though the movie certainly has a chance to win in each of the four categories (and would be very deserving of all of them), its best chance is probably for best score. John Williams once again turned in a beautiful soundtrack for the film, and he extends his own record with more Oscar nominations than any other living person with 51 nominations. He trails only Walt Disney (59) in career nominations. When it comes to Star Wars films, this is the fifth time that Williams has been nominated for best score, along with A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. He won the award in 1977 with the release of the original Star Wars.
Each of The Last Jedi’s four nominations are well deserved, and hopefully they’re able to take home the hardware when the Academy Awards take place on March 4, 2018.