Nominated for ten Academy Awards, and won in six (mostly technical) categories: Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Original Score (John Williams), Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, and Best Visual Effects. Its other four nominations were for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Alec Guinness), Best Director, and Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. The film was also awarded with a Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects for the creation of the alien, creature, and robot voices (Benjamin Burtt, Jr.). Star Wars changed the course of movie-making and special effects. It also gave us a new meaning to the word Block-Buster and changed the course of new director/producer George Lucas.
As I watch the original movie today I do kind of chuckle at the poor acting skills of Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, but this movie was an epic from the minute it rolled off the screen. Those actors, regardless how horrific and forced their performances were, they will be forever remembered as Luke Skywalker and Princess Lei, the twins of Anikin Skywalker.
What began as a dream for George Lucas, became even more than what he imagined. After the release of Star Wars, he was able to build and create a state-of-the-art special effects factory known as Industrial Light and Magic and to become one of the greatest directors of our generation.