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Welcome back to The Force Awakens Bits, which will continue to provide you with Star Wars: The Force Awakens news until Rogue One shows up and diverts our attention completely. In today’s edition:

  • The Force Awakens performs quite well at the Visual Effects Society Awards.
  • John Boyega and Daisy Ridley get the Most Important Nominations of Them All.
  • American Cinematographer puts The Force Awakens on its cover.
  • The mysterious writing on Poe Dameron’s flight suit, revealed!
  • The Force Awakens nears its next box office milestone.
  • And a whole bunch of new stuff related to LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens made a strong showing at the 2016 Visual Effects Society Awards, winning four of its seven nominations. These awards are fun and fascinating because of how specific they can get, often awarding distinct elements of specific scenes. For example, one of the film’s wins went to the virtual cinematography seen in the battle between the Millennium Falcon and the TIE Fighers on Jakku. Here is the complete list of Star Wars winners:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

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Roger Guyett
Luke O’Byrne
Patrick Tubach
Paul Kavanagh
Chris Corbould

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard
Paul Kavanagh
Colin Benoit
Susumu Yukuhiro
Greg Salter

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Falcon Chase / Graveyard
Yanick Dusseault
Mike Wood
Justin van der Lek
Quentin Marmier

Outstanding Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Star Wars: The Force Awakens; BB-8
Joshua Lee
Matthew Denton
Landis Fields
Cyrus Jam

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Speaking of awards, John Boeyga and Daisy Ridley have been nominated for Kids’ Choice Awards for their work in The Force Awakens, which is surely the most prestigious honor of them all. If you are a small child or the kind of vindictive adult who wants to ensure the victory of Star Wars at all costs, you can vote for them right here.

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The latest issue of American Cinematographer has dedicated its cover to The Force Awakens and it’s available for purchase right now. Here’s what you can expect if you pick this thing up:

The force is strong with American Cinematographer’s just-released February issue, which goes behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to provide an in-depth look at the making of the record-breaking box-office blockbuster. The magazine was granted special access to the production during filming at Pinewood Studios and conducted comprehensive interviews with the filmmakers, including cinematographer Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC; director J.J. Abrams; Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy; and several of the show’s key department heads. The special collector’s edition is illustrated with a trove of exclusive production stills, behind-the-scenes photos and concept art from the film.

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The humans of the Star Wars universe may speak English, but all of their text is presented in a fictional language called Aurebesh. Naturally, charts exist to help you translate this made-up text, just in case you want to know exactly what’s written on any given object in any of these movies. For example, one intrepid fan set out to discover what’s written on Poe Dameron’s flight vest. After discovering that the text was upside down (so the pilot could look down and read it), it was revealed to read… “Pull to inflate.” Yes, it’s a life jacket. Nothing more to see here. Move along.

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For those keeping score at home, it looks like The Force Awakens will finally break $900 million at the domestic box office this Friday, which will probably be one of its final financial milestones. It should have strong enough legs to ultimately land somewhere between $930 million and $950 million, but hopes of a $1 billion domestic total have been effectively dashed at this point. Meanwhile, The Force Awakens just became Japan’s biggest hit since Frozen, passing $83 million (approximately 9.7 billion in Japanese Yen) at the box office.

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