On Monday, the Academy of the Motion Picture Industry announced that Abrams, who played a Jedi in the original trilogy, will be the next recipient of the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role in the next film.
The Academy said Abrams, 45, has won best actor for “Star Wars Episode VII” for his portrayal of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the sixth installment of the franchise.
The first installment of “Star War” took place in 2020.
The Oscar is a record for most nominations for a single film and is one of the biggest awards for the film industry in history.
It marks the third time in history that a film director has won the Oscar, and the first time since 1980.
The last time the Academy was given a record number of nominations for an entire film was in the 1970s with four films for George Lucas.
The “Star Trek” franchise was nominated four times for best director, director of photography, and cinematography.
That’s the most ever for an all-star cast of the movie, including the three nominees for best picture.
The most nominations of any film have been for the Academy’s Best Picture categories for “The Imitation Game” and “Mudbound,” which are nominated for best documentary.
The first Oscar winner for best cinematography was Sam Mendes, who won the honor for “Moonrise Kingdom,” his follow-up to the 2011 Oscar-winning “The Revenant.”
The previous record holder was Stanley Kubrick, who was awarded the honor in 1979 for “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
The Academy has been criticized in recent years for its decision to award a new film for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The decision was criticized by the Motion Pictures Association of America and the Academy.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.