It's been clear since the start that Disney is intent on keeping a very tight lid on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" spoilers. The latest evidence, as reported Wednesday by The Wrap: the film will skip the initial round of year-end awards, to preserve the plot details of the hotly anticipated seventh installment of the "Star Wars" franchise.
"The Force Awakens" will decline consideration for the National Board of Review's honors, with the board's top ten scheduled to be announced on Dec. 1. It's expected to similarly skip the New York Film Critics Circle awards, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association honors and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, as all of those nominations will be announced before the film's Dec. 18 release date.
As The Wrap points out, it's unlikely a fantasy/action film like "The Force Awakens" would be a serious contender for the bulk of those awards, many of which focus on quieter, more serious and under-the-radar fare. But it's another testament to how set all those behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" are in making sure the movie's surprises remain a surprise.
"The Force Awakens" will earn Oscar consideration, as the Academy Award nominations are scheduled to be announced on Jan. 14, 2016. "Star Wars" and the Oscars have a history dating back to the 1977 original, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Direcotr, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness), and won for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Film Editing and Best Visual Effects.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens on Dec. 18, with early showings starting the night before.