told MTV News that "it was a really special experience" to watch the movie as a fan of the sci-fi saga.director Rian Johnson spoke highly of J.J. Abrams' sequel at on Sunday night. He
"I had a blast, man. Made me so proud and seeing the heart and soul that J.J. put into it," Johnson said. "And seeing my friends who were in the movie just like, bring the whole thing to a conclusion.
The Last Jedi, which came out in 2017, tookand left fans divided to the point where Johnson . Abrams' followup, which completed the nine-movie Star Wars saga, felt .
The Rise of Skywalker didn't win any Oscars, while Johnson's his delightful cufflinks shaped like porgs, the cute avians he created for his Star Wars movie.(his first film since The Last Jedi) lost out to Bong Joon-ho's -- the night's -- for best original screenplay. However, Johnson certainly won style points for
He wasn't the only member of the Star Wars family to be asked about The Rise of Skywalker on Sunday -- actor Kelly Marie Tran addressed her character Rose Tico'scompared to The Last Jedi, saying she was happy "to be part of something so much bigger" than her.
First published Feb. 11, 4:20 a.m. PT.
Updates 5:05 am. PT: Adds more detail.