"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" Director deflects praise

Jan 9, 2016 5:26 PM by Debbie Cobb

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - J.J. Abrams, director of the blockbuster "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," is deflecting Oscars talk for himself but is hoping other people involved in the film will see their work recognized.

Academy Awards nominations will be announced Thursday. Abrams said at a news conference Saturday that the gift of working on the franchise was enough, and that he didn't need further validation. But there are co-workers he would be disappointed for if they didn't get nominated. He declined to name any of them.

He joked that he wanted to apologize to the parents of youngsters who have seen the movie seven or eight times.

As it nears $800 million in earnings, the movie has already become the top-grossing American film of all time.


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