Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been argued to be the most divisive fan-wise out of all the films in the Star Wars franchise, but it doesn’t really matter when you look at its box office performance (other than that of China, at least). It’s also been getting awards nominations.
Aside from two categories in the 2018 BAFTA, The Last Jedi has just now been nominated in nine categories for this year’s Empire Awards. Among them are Best Picture, Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy and Best Director for the long-embattled but steadfast Rian Johnson, who must be relieved from tanking all the fan-vitriol.
John Boyega also snags an Empire Best Actor nomination for his role as the Stormtrooper Rebel Flynn, though he’s going to face heavyweight stars, from Andy Serkis to Gary Oldman to Hugh Jackman. Daisy Ridley appropriately has a Best Actress nod, and she’s up against Gal Gadot and Emma Watson.
As for Rian Johnson, his competition for Empire Best Director include no less than two superhero film directors, namely Patti Jenkins for Warner Bros. and DC’s Wonder Woman, and Taika Waititi for fellow Disney subsidiary Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok. The remaining nominations are for Costume, Production Design and Visual Effects.
The Empire Awards are presented by the same-named British film magazine and Jameson Irish Whiskey. It honors both outstanding achievements in both movies and television.