Will ‘Star Wars VII’ continue the franchise’s legacy at Oscars?

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … the original “Star Wars” (1977) film broke through to tremendous fan and critical support and wound up starting a multi-generational franchise that amassed a total seven Oscar wins, 22 nominations and three special achievement awards.

Those numbers will likely grow in 2015 when Disney, the new owner of the entire “Star Wars” universe, is expected to release the much-anticipated seventh film in the series. The film was announced the same day that word broke Disney had acquired Lucasfilm, the long-time home of George Lucas‘s franchise.

The as-yet-untitled “Star Wars VII” doesn’t yet have a director, screenwriter or actors attached, but if history is any indication this new episode will likely be a strong contender in the Oscar races for Best Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Makeup and Hairstyling.

Here’s a look at how the first six “Star Wars” films did at the Oscars. It’s worth noting that while all of the films received at least one Oscar nomination, the last film to take home a competitive trophy was “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980. Are you excited for “Star Wars VII”?

“A New Hope” (1977)
Best Art Direction – won
Best Costumes – won
Best Visual Effects – won
Best Film Editing – won
Best Score – won
Best Sound – won
Best Picture – nominated
Best Supporting Actor Alec Guinnessnominated
Best Director George Lucasnominated
Best Original Screenplay – nominated
Special Achievement Award for Sound Effects Editing – won

“The Empire Strikes Back” (1980)
Best Sound – won
Best Art Direction – nominated
Best Score – nominated
Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects – won

“Return of the Jedi” (1983)
Best Art Direction – nominated
Best Score – nominated
Best Sound Mixing – nominated
Best Sound Editing – nominated
Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects – won

“The Phantom Manace” (1999)
Best Visual Effects – nominated
Best Sound Mixing – nominated
Best Sound Editing – nominated

“Attack of the Clones” (2002)
Best Visual Effects – nominated

“Revenge of the Sith” (2005)
Best Makeup – nominated

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