Earlier this week, the Television Academy revealed the nominees for this year’s Emmy Awards, and though Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen ended up leading the Emmies with 26 nominations, Lucasfilm’s hit Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, also did pretty well for itself.
The Mandalorian landed 15 nominations at the 2020 Emmy awards, including nominations for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, Outstanding Guest Actor in A Drama Series, and several other nominations for technical categories like Outstanding Cinematography for A Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for A Series, and a whole lot more.
Not only does The Mandalorian’s many Emmy nominations point to the series outstanding quality, but Inverse suggests that the series’ recognition at the awards circuit points to a significant change in the Star Wars franchise – Lucasfilm’s best bet is to focus on television.
Disney’s Star Wars sequel trilogy may have received critical and commercial success, however, entries like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Star Wars: The Last Jedi have both divided the Star Wars fanbase. Now that Star Wars is moving away from the Skywalker saga, Lucasfilm has decided to take its time recalibrating the franchise. Earlier this month, the studio announced that it was delaying its upcoming Star Wars movie releases.
In the meantime, Star Wars has turned towards the television. Star Wars: The Mandalorian’s second season is up for release later this year, and Disney has confirmed plans for shows like Obi-Wan and Captain Cassian Andor. There’s also a new show coming from Russian Doll creator Leslye Headland.
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