In 1978, the original Star Wars film had 11 Oscar nominations to its name. Forty-two years later, in a galaxy far, far away, Baby Yoda is creating a brand new history. With a jaw-dropping 15 Emmy nominations in its first season itself, Star Wars: The Mandalorian is already basking its way to glory.
Created by Jon Favreau, American space Western series Star Wars: The Mandalorian is the first live-action series of the Star Wars franchise. The show follows the life of Din Djarin, a Mandalorian bounty hunter during the New Republic Era. The timeline is set 25 years prior to events of The Force Awakens and five years ahead of the events of Return of the Jedi.
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Disney’s surprise entry at the Emmys
- Up against giants for Best Drama Series
- Star Wars: The Mandalorian smashes in multiple categories
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Star Wars: The Mandalorian: Disney’s surprise entry at the Emmys
On 12 November, 2012, The Mandalorian premiered with an 8-episode season, the same day as Disney+ was launched. The series was well-received by fans and critics alike, but what cemented its position was its recent nomination in the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series.
Disney+ as a network has 19 nominations in its kitty, of which 15 are for The Mandalorian. In fact, this is the first Emmy nomination for a Star Wars live-action fiction series since the 1985 ABC movie Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.
Show-runner Jon Favreau also explained how designing Yoda was essentially about striking the right balance between cute and ugly. Baby Yoda’s performance was originally intended to rely mostly on CG rather than puppetry. But Werner Herzog’s strong advocacy, coupled with the puppet’s actual charm led to it being used way more than CG.
Undoubtedly, Baby Yoda was the star of the series. The Mandalorian actor Pedro Pascal even admitted in the documentary series Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian “We’re all going to be second fiddle to this little guy.”And now “this little guy” has scored 15 nominations.
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Star Wars: The Mandalorian up against giants for “Best Drama Series”
The Mandalorian scoring 15 nominations is already a win for the Star Wars franchise, which has mostly been recognized in the craft categories of the Oscars. In fact, the last Star Wars film to win an Oscar was Return of the Jedi in 1983.
This year the force is definitely with Baby Yoda!
The series was nominated in the “Outstanding Drama Series” category, competing against giants like Better Call Saul, The Crown, The Handmaid’s Tale, Killing Eve, Ozark, Stranger Things, and Succession.
The Mandalorian has three bids in the Best Drama with Single-Camera Editing- Chapter 2: The Child (edited by Andrew S. Eisen), Chapter 4: Sanctuary (edited by Dana E. Glauberman and Dylan Firshein) and the finale Chapter 8: Redemption (edited by Jeff Seibenick). In this category, the series is up against one episode of Stranger Things, two episodes of Ozark and two episodes of Succession.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian smashes in multiple categories
Grammy-winning composer Ludwig Göransson bagged an Emmy nod for Best Original Score. Other nominations include Taika Waititi for Outstanding Character Voice-Over, for his deadpan “nanny droid” IG-11 performance, along with Nick Nolte who voiced Kuiil.
The show was recognized for outstanding sound editing in its pilot episode, sound mixing (Chapter 2: The Child), and best stunt coordination on a drama series. Guest-acting contenders include Giancarlo Esposito, who played Moff Gideon, and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Werner Herzog.
The stunning visuals of The Mandalorian picked up five nominations for cinematography (Chapter 7: The Reckoning), production design, prosthetic makeup, sci-fi fantasy costume, and visual effects (Chapter 2: The Child).
Disney+ currently stands at 55 million subscribers. But with The Mandalorian scoring 15 nominations this year, the streaming service is expected to get a subscription boost, much like Netflix when House of Cards rode the Emmy wave in its earlier days.
That’s not all. Star Wars: The Mandalorian season 2 had wrapped up production before the worldwide shutdown, and is slated to release on Disney+ this fall, in October 2020. Rosario Dawson is also expected to make an appearance as Ahsoka Tano in season 2. Pre-production for season 3 also began in April 2020. So “Pass on what you have learned” and tell us in the comments below, how many Emmys will Star Wars: The Mandalorian bag out of the 15 nominations?