"Star Wars" isn't just strong.
It's unstoppable. The revival of the nearly 40-year-old space saga has already dominated the box office and toy shelves. Now, it's also been selected as the Associated Press Entertainer of the Year and is amassing support for Academy Awards consideration.
"Personally, it's been three years of feeling privileged to be part of something that's bigger than all of us," filmmaker J.J. Abrams said. "This accolade is very much appreciated and no exception to that feeling."
"Star Wars" won the AP's annual Entertainer of the Year contest with a volley of votes from members that would rival the firepower of the First Order.
The sci-fi series bested Adele, Taylor Swift and Amy Schumer as the top vote-getter. Others up for the honor included Jon Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis and the Kardashians. Voters were asked to consider who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2015.
The initial impact of a "Star Wars" resurgence first began reverberating across the pop-culture landscape in 2012 when Disney acquired Lucasfilm for more than $4 billion, plotting a pair of movie spin-offs and a new trilogy merging veterans Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) with newcomers Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).