"The Force Awakens," which was released in December and is
the top-grossing film of all time in the United States and
Canada, lost out in categories across visual effects, editing,
sound and score.
George Miller's post-apocalyptic action "Mad Max: Fury Road"
swept the awards for film editing, sound editing and mixing,
while indie sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina" won best visual
"Star Wars" droids C-3PO, R2-D2 and new favorite BB-8 rolled
onto the Oscars stage to congratulate "Star Wars" composer John
Williams on his record 50th Oscar nomination. Williams, who has
won five Academy Awards and is the second-most nominated
individual after Walt Disney, lost out to veteran Italian
composer Ennio Morricone for his "The Hateful Eight" score.
Morricone paid tribute to Williams in his acceptance speech.
"The Force Awakens," directed by J.J. Abrams, rebooted the "Star
Wars" franchise, grossing more than $900 million in the U.S and
Canada. Globally, it has crossed the $2 billion mark.
The film introduced a new adventure with a new generation of
characters, led by Daisy Ridley's Rey and John Boyega's Finn,
alongside veterans Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.
Ridley was on hand to announce the documentary winners at the
"Star Wars" is owned by the Walt Disney Co, which also owns the
ABC television network on which the Oscars are telecast.
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy, Editing by Sara Catania and Mary
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