Will Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows be Nominated for an Academy Award?

There is a great deal of talk about whether or not Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 will receive any Academy Award nominations in 2012.  Surely the Academy cannot ignore the Harry Potter movies any longer and will take this final opportunity to honor  this amazing series with a Best Picture nomination for Deathly Hallows Part 2.

In spite of being the most successful movie franchise of all time with box office now at some $7.6 billion worldwide The Academy has largely ignored Harry Potter.  All of the previous seven movies have only been nominated for 9 awards in total. And they have never won. Perhaps that is understandable for the earlier movies but Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 cannot be seen as just successes in popularity.  The technical and artistic contribution to the world of movies deserves recognition.  Deathly Hallows Part 1 received just 2 nominations – for Visual Effect and Art Direction.

It would seem strange to a huge audience of Potter fans if the movies are once again overlooked by The Academy.  Whilst the decision making process should not be based on the popularity of a movie it is difficult to argue that the production, acting and technical team involved in making these movies for the last decade should be ignored once more.

It was announced yesterday that Deathly Hallows Part 2 has reached the semi finalist stage for visual effects. It faces tough competition but if The Academy would look at the evolution of the whole field of visual effects and the part that the Harry Potter movies have played in it’s amazing advancement then this must be a front runner.

Will Alan Rickman be nominated for Best Supporting Actor?  Daniel Radcliffe certainly thinks that he should win. He says in an interview given to Entertainment Weekly

“I don’t think there is going to be another performance from an actor in a supporting role that is so powerful where the actor had the challenge of realizing a scene that’s been realized millions of times the world over in the imaginations of readers.

That scene – those revelations about Snape’s past – represented maybe the most anticipated part of (one of) the most anticipated movies of the past 10 years, and I think Alan does amazing, amazing work,” he added.

Daniel Radcliffe is so right. When audiences went to see the movie those who knew the books looked forward so much to seeing how Alan Rickman would portray those scenes.  And he did it brilliantly. But as things stand today he is not a front runner for the nomination. Amazing that one of the most brilliant actors of our time may be overlooked. But of course that is hardly without precedence in the acting world.

Deathly Hallows Part 2 will most likely not even be nominated for Best Picture. My prediction is that it will win Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction. For any other category I think it is going to continue to be overlooked. As Harry Potter fans we will have to simply stand by our devotion to the movies – and not let it matter that The Academy does not regard them as we do.

What do you think? Leave me a comment below

Harry Potter the Complete 8 Film Collection

Should you buy  Harry Potter the Complete 8 Film Collection or wait until the release of the new box set some time in 2012?  Warner Brothers recently announced that all of the 8 Harry Potter movies will be temporarily unavailable until some time in 2012. Yes even the recently released Harry Potter Complete 8 Film Collection and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.  Time is running out for Harry Potter movie fans as the existing Harry Potter movie dvd’s will no longer be shipped to stores and retailers after 29th December 2011. So if you want to be sure to get a copy of any of the movies you do have to act now.

Of course this is the oldest marketing ploy in the book.  Make something unavailable so that you can sell more copies when you relaunch. The Disney Vault has been doing this for many years.  This technique has been extremely successful for Disney movies.  Generally the movie goes into the ‘vault’ for a decade and then is relaunched with different and enhanced features. The scarcity of the particular movie has meant that used copies have become very expensive. Scarcity has really worked in driving costs up for fans who want the movie and don’t mind paying the price. Is this going to happen for a Harry Potter fan who really wants the movie in the time when it isn’t available. Are you going to have to pay a high price on eBay? I would say that his is unlikely. The period of time when the Harry Potter movies are not going to be available is likely to be short enough that speculators on the second hand market really will not get a foothold.

Fortunately for Harry Potter fans the wait for the release of the movies will not be anywhere near 10 years.  But when the release will come in 2012 is anyone’s guess.  This was the statement that Warner Brothers made:

“Hard-core Potter fans will be pleased to know that 2011 is not the end of the Harry Potter film franchise on DVD and Blu-ray. Warner Home Video plans to release a comprehensive Harry Potter film collection, with even more extras and collectible premiums in 2012. More details about the collection will be available at a later date.”

The most online sales are always made in the last couple of months of the year.  So the obvious release date for the Harry Potter Ultimate 8 DVD Collection is surely November 2012.  But will the Harry Potter DVDs really be off the market for that long? Will they release each edition separately? Buying DVDs these days just seems to be ridiculously complicated.  The format choice is easy – either you have upgraded to Blu-ray or you haven’t.  But what of the extra features?  Do you just want the movies?  The Digitally upgraded version? The one with all the extra features? The one with the picture book?  The digital copy? The choices are endless and complicated.

The Harry Potter movies are phenomenal and for fans all over the world they have brought the Wizarding World to life in ways in which even the books could not.  But navigating the world of Harry Potter movie dvds is not easy.

What do you think?  Will you be waiting for the new releases in 2012?  Or are you scrambling to buy the last available current Harry Potter DVDs.  Leave me a comment below.