Rebels gets 3 Emmy nods for final season

Star Wars Rebels has been nominated for three Emmys for the show’s fourth and final season: Children’s Program, Sound Editing, and a Music Composition nod for Kevin Kiner.

The show was nominated for Children’s Program last year as well, but lost to Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas.

Game of Thrones has the most nominations this year, with 22, though nothing for Star Wars alumni Emilia Clarke, who submitted in the lead actress category this year.

Donald Glover’s Atlanta got writing, directing and lead acting nod for him, and the show is up for comedy series. He also got a guest actor nod for Saturday Night Live. Laura Dern (for The Take) and Thandie Newton (for Westworld) also got nods in lead and supporting actress categories, respectively.

Celebrating what we love: Lucasfilm expands fan awards

The fan film awards are back, but now it’s no longer just for fan films. The Star Wars Fan Awards now celebrate three categories of fan creativity – Videos, Photos, and Visual Art. There are multiple categories under each – video counts both short (15 seconds and under) and long (up to 5 minutes) in multiple categories, Photo also includes pet photography and food presentation, while Visual Art covers digital, 2-D, 3-D, custom costumes, and custom figures. In short, there are a lot of ways to participate.

Submissions open up at StarWarsFanAwards.com on July 18 and close September 17. Winners will be chosen by a Lucasfilm panel, with Audience Choice voting in November.

Glover, Ahmed and Dern win Emmys

Three Star Wars actors won big at the Emmys tonight. The upcoming Han Solo film’s Donald Glover took home two statues for Atlanta – lead actor in a comedy and directing in a comedy. Rogue One’s Riz Ahmed won as lead in a limited series for The Night of. And The Last Jedi’s Laura Dern took supporting actress in a limited series for Big Little Lies.

The night’s biggest genre winner was The Handmaid’s Tale. The dystopia won Best Drama Series and writing, along with lead and supporting wins for Elizabeth Moss and Ann Dowd. Anthology series Black Mirror also took two trophies for the episode “San Junipero.”

No Oscars for Rogue One

Rogue One didn’t take home either of the two Oscars it was nominated for last night. Hacksaw Ridge took sound mixing, while The Jungle Book won VFX. (Having Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed present it was a bit weird when a win wasn’t really expected, but hey, that’s Hollywood.) Alas. Unlike last year’s Ex Machina upset, this was far from a surprise – and the ceremony had even bigger shocks later on with a Best Picture mixup.

Kenny Baker and Carrie Fisher were both part of the In Memoriam segment. Mom Debbie Reynolds and Carrie closed it out, with the “May the Force be with you” clip from The Force Awakens.

Alum Natalie Portman – who didn’t attend due to her pregnancy – lost out Best Actress to La La Land’s Emma Stone.

Better luck next year, Star WarsJ.J. Abrams is already campaigning for Mark Hamill in The Last Jedi. Is his guilt is getting to him?

Today in Rogue One: Oscar nods, Death Star knowledge drop

Rogue One nabbed two Oscar nominations today, for Visual Effects and Sound Mixing. Big Shiny Robot has a couple of statements from John Knoll and sound designer Chris Scarbosio. As for Star Wars alumni, Natalie Portman has received her third nomination, this time for lead in Jackie. She won the category for Black Swan in 2011.

Rogue One effects guy Todd Vaziri sheds some light on the Death Star’s trench run. Yes, this is mostly about A New Hope, but there are explanations (both practical and in-universe) for the equator dish schematic.

→ It’s Pablo Hidalgo on the movie’s Visual Guide! And again, this time on aliens!

→ And check out some high-res shots of Rogue One’s old-school user interfaces.