Last month the list of Oscar nominations was announced and many moviegoers couldn’t help but notice a small number of nominations for one particular film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
Ten years of cinema magic came to a close last year with the release of the final Potter film and many fans of the series were devastated to find out that once again the franchise failed to get support from the Academy.
The 96-minute film was nominated in three categories: art direction, visual effects, and makeup.
However, many believed that actors like as Dan Radcliffe and Alan Rickman deserved nominations in the categories of main actor and supporting actor, respectively. Director David Yates was not nominated for best director nor was Alexandre Desplat for his musical score.
Last fall we saw Warner Bros. release an information packet with reviews and accolades for the Harry Potter series. They also hoisted billboards in downtown Los Angeles. The primary focus was to sway Academy voters into nominating Deathly Hallows Part 2.
It looks as if Warner Bros.’ attempt will fail at tomorrow night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards. Potter is up against heavy hitters such as Martin Scorcese’s Hugo and the special effects masterpiece of Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
There is no doubt that the Harry Potter films gave been a huge success, earning over $7.7 billion world wide at the box office alone. It has become the largest grossing movie franchise in the world beating out the Star Wars trilogies (6 films, 10 Oscars) and the James Bond movies (22 films, 2 Oscars).
There may still be a chance for the series as a whole to get some recognition. Similar to what the BAFTAs did for the series last year, the Academy may honor Potter with a tribute or special award for outstanding cinematic achievements
8 films. 4 directors. $7.7 billion box office gross. 12 Oscar nominations. 28 BAFTA nominations. 9 box office records held. 1 theme park.
There is no doubt that Harry Potter is a cinematic achievement.
POST ACADEMY AWARDS EDIT:
With Potter once again snubbed out of awards, I would like to take this moment to discuss three categories the film series should have won over the years.
Best Adapted Screenplay: Steve Kloves (Sorcerer’s Stone, Deathly Hallows) — It is no small task turning a book into a film, let alone one of the most popular book series of all time. Kloves did a fantastic job creating the world of Harry Potter in Sorcerer’s Stone as well as splitting the final book into two films.
Best Supporting Actor: Alan Rickman (Deathly Hallows Part 2) — The cast of characters in the Harry Potter series is huge. With the best of British talent contributing, I believe at least one nomination would do for any of the actors. But to snub Alan Rickman, who magnificently portrayed Severus Snape, is a slap in the face to a great actor. His flashback and death scene were some of the most moving I have seen in a long time.
Best Original Score: John Williams (Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban) — There is no denying that John Williams is a top class composer. The music he wrote for the Potter series are some of the most magical to date. If it weren’t for Fellowship of the Ring being released in 2001, I’d say Williams deserves an Oscar for Sorcerer’s Stone as well. “Hedwigs Theme” is one of the best pieces of film score ever written.