Diego Luna receives Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Andor, making Star Wars history in the process

The praise for Andor continues to pour in, this time by way of formal recognition. Diego Luna has received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama, for his portrayal of Cassian Andor in the series.

It marks the first Golden Globe nomination for Luna, but it also marks the first Golden Globe nomination for any Star Wars actor in 45 years, as Luna joins Alec Guinness as the only actors nominated for their work on the franchise. Guinness was nominated for his portrayal of Ben Kenobi in 1977’s Star Wars (later sub-titled A New Hope). Since Guinness worked on a film, it also means that Luna is the first one to be nominated for a series.

Luna first played Cassian Andor in 2016’s Rogue One before returning to the role for Andor, for which he also serves as an executive producer. It’s good to see him get this recognition, as the show was fantastic and his performance equally-so. The performances in the series were widely praised, but Luna’s performance seemed to fly under the radar for the most part. Stellan Skarsgard (as Luthen Rael), Genevieve O’Reilly (as Mon Mothma), and Andy Serkis (as Kino Loy) were among the particular standouts, each of them delivering tremendously superb yet complex moments every time they were on the screen. The rest of the cast stepped up as well, helping the show reach a sustained level of quality throughout. But the constant at the middle of all of it was Luna, whose character not only not only delivered in his own right but also set up those around him to succeed. I’m glad to see him recognized.

The Golden Globe Awards will take place on January 10, 2023, and will be televised live on NBC and Peacock at 8 p.m. ET. Joining Luna as nominees for this particular award are Jeff Bridges (The Old Man), Kevin Costner (Yellowstone), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), and Adam Scott (Severance).

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