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Ricky Derisz

It could be argued that this year is the 'year of the franchise' at the Oscars.

Sylvester Stallone is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his most recent portrayal of Rocky Balboa in Creed. Director George Miller is seeing success with his Mad Max series in Fury Road. And, of course, Star Wars is back with five nominations for The Force Awakens.

To celebrate the films that just keep giving, below are some of the most Oscar celebrated franchises in cinema:

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Movies: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003)

Nominations: 30

Wins: 17

The trilogy, based on J. R. R. Tolkien's epic book trilogy, is one of the most successful franchises of all time. And it's no surprise; the fantasy tale of Frodo and friends is a cinematic masterpiece.

2. The Godfather Trilogy

Movies: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974) and The Godfather Part III (1990)

Nominations: 28

Wins: 9

Francis Ford Coppola's gangster classic is deserving of its multitude of nominations, helped in part by a ridiculously talented ensemble including Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

3. The Star Wars Franchise

Movies: A New Hope (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack of the Clones (2002), Revenge of the Sith (2005) and The Force Awakens (2015)

Nominations: 30

Wins: 10

Not much needs to be said about the powerhouse that is the Star Wars franchise. Starting off with a critically acclaimed and universally adored trilogy, the series went off track with the following prequels.

However, J.J. Abrams latest offering has returned the space opera to the top of its game, where it belongs.

4. The Indiana Jones Franchise

Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

Nominations: 13

Wins: 6

Harrison Ford marks up his second entry on the list with his iconic portrayal of knife wielding archaeologist Dr. Henry 'Indiana' Jones.

Ford enjoyed playing the role so much he returned after 19 years in 2008's Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

5. The Rocky Franchise

Movies: Rocky (1976), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990), Rocky Balboa (2006) and Creed (2015)

Nominations: 12

Wins: 3

Sylvester Stallone has become synonymous with Rocky Balboa over his long lasting career.

Sly was nominated for the original way back in 1976, and some 40 years later is nominated again for his raw performance in Creed.

6. The Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise

Movies: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Dead Man's Chest (2006), At World's End (2007) and On Stranger Tides (2011)

Nominations: 11

Wins: 1

The adventures of Johnny Depp's Captain Sparrow and co. has entertained millions over the course of four films, with a fifth due in 2017.

The franchise has become one of the highest grossing of all time, having grossed almost $4 billion worldwide.

7. And One Who Was So Close, Yet So Far... Harry Potter

Movies: Philosopher's Stone (2001), Chamber of Secrets (2002), Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Goblet of Fire (2005), Order of the Phoenix (2007), Half-Blood Prince (2009) and Deathly Hallows – Part 1 & 2 (2010/2011)

Nominations: 12

Wins: 0

You're a winner Harry! Wait, no. No you're not.

Unfortunately for the boy wizard, despite an impressive 12 nominations, the Harry Potter franchise didn't win a single Oscar over the course of eight films. Those muggles don't know what they're doing.

Which franchise is most deserving of an award at this year's Oscar's ceremony?

Source: GoldDerby

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