J.J. Abrams deflects Oscars talk for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

PASADENA, Calif. -- J.J. Abrams, director of the blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," is deflecting Oscars talk for himself but is hoping other people involved in the film will see their work recognized.

See Full Article

Academy Awards nominations will be announced Thursday. Abrams said that the gift of working on the franchise was enough, and that he didn't need further validation. But there are co-workers he would be disappointed for if they didn't get nominated. He declined to name any of them.

"If I name eight people, the ninth person will be like, 'thanks,"' he said at a news conference on Saturday.

He said he's grateful to anyone who's seen the movie, which has become the top-grossing American film of all time as it nears $800 million in earnings. It was released last month.

"I hear anecdotally that some people have gone to see the movie seven or eight times," he said. "I just want to apologize to their parents."



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Disney taps Frozen, Inside Out filmmakers to replace Pixar's John Lasseter

    Entertainment CBC News
    Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn says Tuesday that Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are taking over for former Disney animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter, who is departing Disney at the end of the year following misconduct allegations. Source
  • Disney ups Twenty-First Century Fox to more than US$70.3B

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- The mouse is chasing the fox. Disney is upping the ante for Fox, making a US$70.3 billion counterbid for Fox's entertainment businesses following Comcast's $65 billion offer for the company. The battle for Twenty-First Century Fox reflects a new imperative among entertainment and telecommunications firms. Source
  • Prosecutors decline assault charges against Scott Baio

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- Prosecutors have declined to file charges against Scott Baio stemming from allegations by his former "Charles in Charge" co-star that he sexually assaulted her. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office decided Monday not to file charges, saying in an evaluation that the statute of limitations had expired. Source
  • Fans grieve as detectives search for XXXTentacion's killers

    Entertainment CTV News
    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -- For hours, the fans came in a steady stream to mourn and pay their respects at the spot where rapper XXXTentacion was gunned down, some leaving behind expressions of sympathy along a fence and on the sidewalk. Source
  • Disney names new Animation, Pixar chiefs post-Lasseter

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn says Tuesday that Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are taking over for former Disney animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter, who is departing Disney at the end of the year following misconduct allegations. Source
  • Prosecutors decline sex assault charges against Scott Baio

    Entertainment CBC News
    Prosecutors have declined to file charges against Scott Baio stemming from allegations by his former Charles in Charge co-star that he sexually assaulted her. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office decided Monday not to file charges, saying in an evaluation that the statute of limitations had expired. Source
  • Willie Nelson, Oprah, Judd Apatow and many others decry U.S. border policy

    Entertainment CBC News
    Country music icon Willie Nelson has extended an offer to meet President Donald Trump at one of the detention centres at the U.S.-Mexico border to better understand what's happening, the latest attempt by a celebrity hoping to end the administration's policy of separating families at border crossings. Source
  • Colombian singer at World Cup reports hotel theft in Moscow

    Entertainment CTV News
    Colombian singer Maluma, right, gesture next to Mexico goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona, left, at the end of a training session of the Mexico national soccer team, for the 2018 soccer World Cup, in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Source
  • Michael Jackson stage musical vying for Broadway run

    Entertainment CBC News
    A musical about the King of Pop is moonwalking its way to Broadway. The Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage on Tuesday unveiled plans for a stage musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson. Source
  • As MTV Awards fete Black Panther, star honours real-life hero

    Entertainment CBC News
    The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave Black PantherĀ its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel's blockbuster taking home four honours including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr. Source