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So, the final year in which Harry Potter could possibly take home an Oscar, any Oscar, and it all ended here.
Sorry potterheads, it seems the ultimate financial success, longstanding run, and fan fervor of Harry Potter might have been the downfall to its failure of receiving the elusive trophy. No great recognition was made for the epic series during the show, and in short, it seems that the Academy might not have cared at all whether Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II was recognized in any category.
What do I mean by its success being its failure? Well, I will try to explain this in simple terms.
First of all, box office success does not equal a surefire win. It’s been proven time and time again, and only in rare, and very outstanding cases would you see a successful box office film win more than the minor awards, especially when it comes to…
Secondly, its genre. You won’t see many sci-fi/fantasy films get in a higher category (Return of the King being one of the exceptions) than, say, Best Makeup or Visual Effects… which brings me to my
Third point. Unfortunately, this is where things kind of just suck, but it’s true. In regards to Visual Effects, yes, you’d think we’d have this one in the bag, right? Wrong. The major problem here is that since this is the final film of the series, the visual effects shown in this movie are the same, or very similar, to the visual effects done in the previous films. Basically, what the Academy is saying is, “We’ve seen this all before. We want something fresh!” Now, I know you’re upset, because you’re thinking that DH2 did have fresh stuff, but to be honest, it’s not new to them, and this is where Hugo stood out for them. Don’t hate Hugo, though, it truly is a beautiful film. And unfortunately, the same goes for the Best Makeup award as well, although, even I’m disappointed that they picked The Iron Lady over DH2.
Fourth point, which is in regards to Best Art Direction. I hate to say it, but this category was not our strongest category. We had our best chances with Visual Effects and Make-Up. This went to a film that I did enjoy and maybe it’s because I, too, wanted something different and new and fresh, and Hugo was just that. Plus, the fact that DH2 did deserve the awards in the other 2 categories.
I won’t overlook the fact that Alan Rickman didn’t get nominated for Best Supporting Actor, but even if he did, I’m not sure he would’ve won over Christopher Plummer.
With all that said, yes, the Academy is quite particular with who they think should win an award. There’s more to it than just a movie being a success. There are all kinds of politics they would prefer you not know about as well. Also, there’s quite an elitist attitude to it all, and they will hardly consider the Harry Potter series part of it. I’d say it’s quite… Slytherin of them.
Now, if the Academy had a category for Best Ensemble or Best Sequel, then Harry Potter would have definitely come away with one of those golden boys. Unfortunately, the MPAA is stingy like that.
MTV will be kinder. (That’s probably what the MPAA is betting on.)