By Kieran Burt.
Diego Luna has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award category for Best Performance by an Actor in a Drama Television Series. This marks a huge moment for the franchise, as it’s the first nomination for a Star Wars actor since 1978.
Luna reacted to the news in a twitter post, “Getting the news after an intense day of shooting for season 2 [of Andor]. It means a lot. I love being part of this show and the wonderful collaboration with this team!”
Luna is the first actor from a Star Wars TV show to be nominated for a Golden Globe, and only the second actor from the Star Wars franchise. Alec Guinness was nominated for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1978.
Andor received high praise by fans when it was released on Disney+ earlier in the year. The first season focused on how Andor goes from a selfish low-life on Ferrix, to someone who is willing to fight against the Empire for a bigger cause. Season two will chart the development of the Rebel Alliance from 4BBY to the time of Rogue One. Many have even called Andor the best show Disney+ has released yet, showing the level of quality.
The show managed to show both a new side to the Empire and the Rebellion. The Empire took a more bureaucratic form, with its inner workings preventing the Empire from effectively responding to early rebel threats. The Rebellion meanwhile, is more of an insurgency, with different cells working towards different objectives.
Other nominations include Avatar: The Way of Water for Best Drama Film, Angela Bassett, for her performance as Queen Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for the Best Supporting Actress, and Ke Huy Quan, for his performance as Waymond Wang in Everything Everywhere All at Once for Best Supporting Actor. Andor was not nominated for the Best TV Series in the drama category, despite Luna’s nomination for Best Actor.
The winners for the Golden Globe will be announced on 10 January 2023 from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, and broadcast live on NBC and Peacock.
Andor season two is currently filming, with no current scheduled release date.