The Harry Potter films have picked up 9 Oscar nominations over the past ten years, for categories such as cinematography, art direction, visual effects and score, but none walked away with a statue and no film has been considered for Best Picture.
Following the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 earlier this year to great critical acclaim (96% on Rotten Tomatoes) Warner Bros. declared their intentions make a final push for some awards recognition, and they’ve now released a ‘For Your Consideration’ trailer.
One hurdle Warner Bros. will have to overcome is the recent rule changes regarding nominations for Best Picture. Back in June the Academy announced that instead of nominating 10 movies for Best Picture as they have done since 2009, they will now only nominate the movies they think deserve it (a number between 5 and 10).
This was a welcomed move as if there are only 8 movies that truly deserve recognition in a given year, they shouldn’t feel an obligation to round out the number just because the rules say they should. However, this may create a problem for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as voters tend to prefer low budget dramas, where as Potter is a $200+ million action fantasy. It should get a bunch of technical nominations, but will the Academy consider it for Best Picture?
You can check out the ‘For Your Consideration’ site for Deathly Hallows: Part 2 here.