Just How Exactly Should the Oscars ‘Consider…’ ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’?

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Oscar predictions
Photo: Warner Bros.

Accompanying my recent issue of “The Hollywood Reporter” was a 44-page “For Your Consideration” booklet featuring critic quotes associated with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Above is a scan of the front cover and at the end of this post is the back cover detailing the categories Warner Bros. wishes the film to be considered in.

Today, the official Warner Bros. awards site issued the following “For Your Consideration” trailer titled “Beautiful” and it certainly delivers a dramatic tone. The question is, just how exactly should the Academy consider the second half of the final film in the Harry Potter franchise?

Obviously, the number one goal for Warner Bros. is a Best Picture nomination, hoping to cash in on that final-film-in-a-franchise spot a la The Lord of the Rings and Toy Story 3. I have already weighed in on my thoughts on the film’s chances at a Best Picture nom, but what about other categories?

Just this morning I mentioned how there hasn’t been a single Harry Potter film to receive a Best Makeup nomination. As for the previous seven Harry Potter films, not one of them has actually won an Oscar and of the bunch, only five have been nominated with nine nominations total. The categories the films have been nominated in are Art Direction, Visual Effects, Cinematography, Costumes and Original Score (John Williams twice). As for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, it received two of those nine nominations in Art Direction and Visual Effects, a couple of categories Part 2 can probably expect as well.

There are a lot of fans that want to see Alan Rickman earn a Supporting Actor nomination for his role as Snape, a character that certainly plays a pivotal role in not only the franchise but has a profound emotional beat in Part 2. There is also Costume Design, Makeup, Sound, Score (Alexandre Desplat) and perhaps even Eduardo Serra’s cinematography. But should WB really get its hopes up?

I’m interested in hearing your thoughts. So check out the video below and perhaps poke around the Warner Bros. awards site where you can also listen to Desplat’s score and get a closer look at the “For Your Consideration” categories.


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Oscar predictions
Photo: Warner Bros.

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