Harry Potter films recognized by Academy Awards online with movie highlights

Via @HarryPotterFilm on Twitter

Via @HarryPotterFilm on Twitter

After eight films and twelve nominations, the greatest films ever snubbed by the Academy Awards are finally getting some recognition.

Yesterday, along with this year’s announcement of the Academy Awards nominations, the Oscars website launched a new Harry Potter section to their Collection Highlights page. Through 27 pictures, the collection tells the Harry Potter film story, featuring stills from the movies as well as newspaper clippings from the early days of the series.

Potterheads will be hard-pressed to learn new tidbits from the series, but there are still a few things of interest; for instance, a June 2000 newspaper article reporting the casting of Pulp Fiction actor Tim Roth for Severus Snape. The role went to Alan Rickman when Roth chose to star in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. (We’re not complaining about the decision either. Alan Rickman…Always.)

Along with that report, there are pictures of articles from when the trio was cast and when Warner Bros. launched HarryPotter.com, more than decade before Pottermore hit the web.

Although the collection is a nice way to remember the series, it doesn’t really make up for the Academy’s lack of recognition when the films were released.

For now, visit Oscars.org to view the collection — it’s definitely worth a look through and any Harry Potter fan will appreciate and enjoy it.


OwlTV #3: Snubs, Journeys and Canons now available!

The third episode of our Harry Potter news podcast, OwlTV, is now available!

In episode 3: Snubs, Journeys and Canons we discuss the following things:

  • More rumors surrounding the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • The announcement of the Academy Awards nominations
  • User illustrations for chapters seven, eight and nine
  • Our Pottermore Guide Survey

Our Topics of Discussion this week are:

  • Do you think there will be new information added to the first interactive book when Pottermore launches? After the release of the book, will they be adding new information?
  • Do you think the Pottermore team is working on Chamber of Secrets?

You can listen to the episode HERE.

We’ll be uploading the episode onto YouTube tomorrow, and we will be recording an OwlTV Daily News Show with coverage on the BAFTAs and Grammys (in which Deathly Hallows was nominated).


Harry Potter and the Final Snub

Although Warner Bros.’s strong attempt to make the list, when the Academy Awards nominations were announced yesterday, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2‘ was barely mentioned.

The highest grossing film of the year failed to secure a nomination for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, Direction or Cinematography. These categories were ones that Warner Bros. strived to get noticed in, but clearly did not. The snub for a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Alan Rickman took the fandom by storm. Many fans expressed their anger and despair in blog posts all over Harry Potter fan-sites.

But, we must be grateful for the nominations we did earn. ‘Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ is nominated in the following categories:

Art DirectionStuart Craig, Stephenie MacMillan

MakeupNick Dudman, Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin

Visual Effects- Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, John Richardson

Congratulations to all of the teams responsible for Art Direction, Makeup and Visual Effects. We hope you win!

To see the full list of Academy Awards nominations click here.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will take place on February 26, 2012, and will be broadcasted on ABC at 7 pm EST, 4 pm PST. Hopefully Harry will finally be recognized by the Academy.