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Thursday
Dec 19 2019

Star Wars and the Oscars, a History.

Get away from Natalie Wood, Darth Vader, we're warning you!

Over at Vulture this weekend, yours truly has a piece up aboutthe history of Oscar's affection (and lack thereof) for theStar Warssaga.I'm glad they liked my Diane Keaton /Annie Hallintro (though they added the Woody Allen bits -- I left him out as I didn't want to distract people) because I couldn't get the image of Diane callously "la-di-da"ing while wielding the Death Star out of my head.Anyway, it was great fun to write so I hope you enjoy.It was also a trip to source the FYC ads -- if only more of them were available online.I couldn't find a single FYC ad forThe Empire Strikes BackorThe Phantom Menace(among other films).

One thing I didn't have space for that I could have written much more on was the individual categories over the years -- isn't it strange thatStar Wars(1977) is the only time the series has ever been up for Costume Design?!?-- and the individual presentations.Look how excited Farrah Fawcett was to find out who won Best Editing!

And why did Oscar producers pair her with Marcello Mastroianni for a prize that was clearly going toStar Wars?The mysteries that emerge from history...even history as well documented as pop culture.

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According to Inside Oscars, Farrah Fawcett's agent (she was a huge "get" at the time) would only let her appear if she was paired with someone big enough.His demand?Laurence Olivier.When that turned out to be impossible, he "settled" for Marcello Mastoianni - who was a Best Actor nominee that year for A Special Day.

December 19, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterken s.

I don't think it's fair that they made you write about straight people things.

December 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Fawcett and Mastroianni are such an odd but totally ‘70s pair.I actually like those random pairings at the Oscars.

December 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Star Wars also lost best drama to the turning point and Annie hall lost best comedy to the goodbye girl at the globes.I had to look up what the turning point was.I’m surprised they didn’t put Star Wars in comedy.

December 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMike Troutman

Fun article, and beautifully written.Congratulations, Nathaniel.

December 20, 2019 | Unregistered Commenteradri

I will always be disappointed The Phantom Menace didn't get a costume design nod.I always think of Amadala's Queen Elizabeth gowns.

December 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterChris K

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