As Yoda might put it: awards make not one great.
That's about the only consolation for the Rogue One crew in the wake of the 2017 Academy Awards. The movie was nominated in two categories, visual effects and sound mixing. It lost in both — continuing a 33-year streak in which no Star Wars movie has won a single Oscar.
If you're a farm boy just in from Tatooine, you might look at the list of winners and conclude that Suicide Squad was a greater success than Rogue One — a billion-dollar international box office hit that has garnered more critical acclaim than almost any other in the Star Wars franchise.
Star Wars' finest hour on the Academy stage came in 1978, when the unprecedented success of the original movie made it impossible to ignore. John Dykstra's groundbreaking computer-controlled visual effects were justly rewarded, Ben Burtt received a special achievement award for creating the sounds of R2-D2, Chewbacca and Darth Vader, and for once, Oscar wasn't the most impressive golden guy in attendance.