The blockbuster film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” opened Friday, November 18, to strong reviews, but will that translate to Oscars? The academy doesn’t always gravitate toward fantasy blockbusters, but there’s precedent for “Beasts” since it’s spun off from the “Harry Potter” films that have a proven Oscar track record. Can it meet or exceed those standards? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
The eight “Harry Potter” films earned a total of 12 nominations, though they never won. Only two films in the franchise were snubbed entirely at the Oscars — “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002) and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007) — while the most successful films earned three noms apiece — “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (2001) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011). Will the new film exceed that total?
Our forum posters are discussing this question. Read some of their comments below and join the discussion. Then be sure to vote in our poll.
AMG: I’d go with four maximum: Visual Effects, Production Design, Costume Design, Make Up & Hairstyling. The “Harry Potter” franchise never won an Oscar, and their noms tallies weren’t the highest. No chance outside of tech and craft regardless of critical response.
Andrew Carden: Right now, I’m predicting it in Makeup & Hairstyling, Production Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects — with Costume Design and Original Score a very real possibility too.
Brennan Merone: I’m low-balling it and going with two (Production Design and Costume Design).
Emil Petrov: With the good critical reception that the movie is getting, I feel more optimistic in giving it three nominations: Production Design, Costume Design and Visual Effects.
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