The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced this morning. In the technical categories, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 came away with three nominations. They are:
Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
Two former Potter actors were also recognized for their achievements this year. Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) was nominated in the Leading Actor category for his work in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” and Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) for Supporting Actor in “My Week with Marilyn.”
Daniel Radcliffe miffed with Oscar Snobbery, says Alan Rickman deserved nomination
Meanwhile in an interview with Radio Times, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe said that the Harry Potter franchise has been continuously ignored by the Academy. The last film in the series, “Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” alone made $1.3 billion at the global box office, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.
“I don’t think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids’ films, unless they’re directed by Martin Scorsese,” Radcliffe told the Radio Times. “I was watching ‘Hugo’ the other day and going, ‘Why is this nominated and we’re not?’ I was slightly miffed.”
Radcliffe added: “There’s a certain amount of snobbery … It’s kind of disheartening. I never thought I’d care.”
Earlier, Radcliffe said in an interview with BBC America that Alan Rickman, who played Professor Severus Snape, should have received some Academy recognition for his performance in the finale.
“The one thing I would have loved was for Alan Rickman to get nominated … I think what Alan does with that character, with the world watching you expecting that scene to be a certain way, was amazing,” he said.
On the films, Radcliffe continued: “I don’t know if it’s a case of being passed over. I think it could just be that we’re not one of the nine best films of the year … Actually, we probably made the top nine in my head now that I think about it.”
Congratulations to the Harry Potter crew for their nominations. However, fans would be disappointed that the final Potter movie did not get any nominations in the non technical category, particularly one where most were hoping for – best supporting actor nomination for Alan Rickman – who absolutely dazzled with his portrayal of Severus Snape in the movies. Certainly almost every Harry Potter fan would agree with Radcliffe here.