the force awakens Q&A

Yes, this is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Q&A you’re looking for. Following a screening of the film for Oscar and various film guild voters, director J.J. Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, co-writer Lawrence Kasdan, VFX supervisor Roger Guyett, editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon, cinematographer Daniel Mindel, costume designer Michael Kaplan and co-production designer Rick Carter all took the stage for a lengthy chat with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Scott Feinberg. The result: 48 minutes of back and forth from the people responsible for one of the most anticipated movies of all time, all captured on video.

Yes, it’s the holidays and yes, you probably should be spending time with your family and friends instead of hunkering down in the guest bedroom and watching this video. But go ahead and give into your hate. Give into your anger. With each passing moment, you make yourself more susceptible to having a festive time with your loved ones and not indulging in this lengthy The Force Awakens Q&A.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is already on the fast track to becoming one of the biggest movies of all time. The reaction from fans and normal audiences alike has been enthusiastic. Generally positive reviews have led to a extremely healthy 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The only thing missing from this line-up is a shelf full of trophies and awards.

And that’s why Disney has been hosting a series of special screenings of the film for voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, aka, the people who vote for the Oscars. If populist genre entertainment like Avatar and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King can became major Academy Awards contenders, then why not Star Wars? After all, the first one was a major player at the Oscars nearly 40 years ago. According to THR, the response from voters was extremely enthusiastic and you can feel the energy in the room when you watch the Q&A below.

Although there’s a lot of fun stuff to be found in that video, the highlight is surely Abrams defending the use of old-fashioned “wipe cuts” that were so prominent in the original trilogy: “It’s Star Wars, you do the wipes!”

Time will tell if the various awards bodies will award Star Wars: The Force Awakens with accolades. Technical nominations for visual effects, sound, editing, and cinematography feel live a given, but Disney obviously wants those big nods – Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, and maybe even a nomination for Harrison Ford. THR notes that this particular screening and this particular Q&A were just one of several assembled for voters in the past few days. They’re craving Oscars like the Sarlacc craves overrated bounty hunters.

And you know what? If a big awards push means more Q&As with the folks who brought this movie to life, then bring on that Oscar campaign. If you want more right now, there is this 32-minute chat between Abrams and Kasdan. Avoid your family obligations in style!

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