‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ could contend for at least six Oscars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away … the original “Star Wars” (1977) broke through to tremendous fan and critical support and wound up starting a multi-generational six-film franchise that amassed a total seven Oscar wins, 22 nominations and three special achievement awards. Those numbers will likely grow next year when Disney releases “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” next December. 

Based on Oscar history, we can expect the new flick to be competitive in these key categories: Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Score and Best Art Direction.

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George Lucas reaped a Best Director nod in 1977 for the first film, which could bode well for new director J.J. Abrams, a Hollywood favorite (and Emmy winner for directing “Lost”) who’s never received an Oscar nomination. Yet.

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 reaped at least one Oscar nomination, the last one to take home a competitive trophy was the second in the series — “The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980.

Watch the new teaser trailer today for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

“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 Menace” (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

Are you excited for “Star Wars VII”? Sound off in the comments section below the new trailer.

3 thoughts on “‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ could contend for at least six Oscars

  1. It would be a miracle if Star Wars makes it into the Picture race. I think the only thing on its side is the release date and popularity of the franchise. I think it has the potential to be good enough for a nod, but I think there’s a chance that no matter what the quality, the film will be divisive. Of course the bias against sic-fi/fantasy is as strong as ever, and I don’t think a seventh installment in a franchise has ever even come close to BP (remember the push for Harry Potter in 2011 that went nowhere?).

    On the bright side, JJ and the franchise have good track records with tech nods, so it shouldn’t do too bad with nominations.

  2. DominicCobb, The Oscars have always loved fantasy and sci-fi. Remember the clean sweep with the last Lord of the Rings? How often does that happen. And HP did get many noms.

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