Star Wars-A New Hope: 1978 Academy Awards. Won: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration John Barry (III) Norman Reynolds Leslie Dilley Roger Christian Best Costume Design John Mollo Best Effects, Visual Effects John Stears John Dykstra Richard Edlund Grant McCune Robert Blalack Best Film Editing Paul Hirsch (I) Marcia Lucas Richard Chew Best Music, Original Score John Williams Best Sound Don MacDougall Ray West (I) Bob Minkler Derek Ball Special Achievement Award Ben Burtt (as Benjamin Burtt Jr.) For Sound Effects. (For the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices.) Nominated: Best Actor in a Supporting Role Alec Guinness Best Director George Lucas Best Picture Gary Kurtz Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen George Lucas Star Wars-The Empire Strikes Back 1981 Academy Awards Won: Best Sound Bill Varney Steve Maslow Gregg Landaker Peter Sutton (I) Special Achievement Award Brian Johnson (VI) Richard Edlund Dennis Muren Bruce Nicholson For the visual effects. Nominated: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Norman Reynolds Leslie Dilley Harry Lange Alan Tomkins Michael Ford (I) Best Music, Original Score John Williams Star Wars-The Return of the Jedi 1984 Academy Awards Won: Special Achievement Award Richard Edlund Dennis Muren Ken Ralston Phil Tippett For the visual effects. Nominated: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration Norman Reynolds Fred Hole James L. Schoppe Michael Ford (I) Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing Ben Burtt Best Music, Original Score John Williams Best Sound Ben Burtt Gary Summers Randy Thom Tony Dawe Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Nominated: Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing Ben Burtt Tom Bellfort Best Effects, Visual Effects John Knoll Dennis Muren Scott Squires Rob Coleman Best Sound Gary Rydstrom Tom Johnson (I) Shawn Murphy John Midgley (I) Has Star Wars been snubbed by the Academy because of the Science Fiction genre it is placed in? Examples of snubbing include: ANH not being nominated for Best Picture TPM not being nominated for costume design AOTC not being nominated for sound editing, sound, or any other awards but Visual Effects.