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  • RobertoTerra
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    #110888

    With 8 films, spanning 10 years, the Harry Potter saga is the highest-grossing film series of all time, earning a total of $7,723,431,572. Plus the saga as an average rating of 85% on RT. 

    However, the Academy never responded that well to the films. In fact, only 6 of the 8 movies earned nominations, on techincal categories. However, it never won any of its 12 nominations.

    What is your opinion? Do you think it should have won anything? Or be more nominated? Discuss

    Just for the record, here are the nominations it received
     – Art Direction (four times)
     – Costume Design (once)
     – Original Score (twice)
     – Visual Effects (three times)
     – Cinematography (once)
     – Makeup (once) 

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    Scottferguson
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    #110890

    No James Bond film was ever nominated in the top 8 categories. That’s the challenge for popular fiction based series.

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    Riley
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    #110891

    I did not care for the first seven, but that last one was robbed.

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    BrokenFan
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    Of the supporting actors, I thought Imelda Stauton, Alan Rickman, and Jim Broadbent should have been nominated. (God, how I hated Umbridge. If I give order of phoenix a praise, it would be the perfect casting of Umbridge). 

    The Last one should have gotten a Best Picture nod, and the 3rd, 4th, and 6th ones should have gotten more nominations. 

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    RobertoTerra
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    #110893

    Honestely, I’d say:

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
     – Best Art Direction
     – Best Costume Design
     – Best Sound Editing (additional nominee)
     – Best Original Score (WIN, instead of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
     – Best Art Direction (instead of Frida)
     – Best Visual Effects (instead of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
     
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
     – Best Original Score 
     – Best Visual Effects (WIN, instead of Spider Man 2
     – Best Cinematography (instead of The Phantom of the Opera)
     – Best Art Direction (instead of Finding Neverland)

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
     – Best Art Direction (WIN, instead of Memoirs of a Geisha
     – Best Makeup (instead of Cinderella Man) 
     – Best Visual Effects (instead of War of the Worlds)
     – Best Cinematography (instead of Batman Begins
     – Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Fiennes, instead of Matt Dillon for Crash)

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix
     – Best Art Direction (instead of American Gangster
     – Best Visual Effects (instead of Transformers; WIN, instead of The Golden Compass)
     – Best Supporting Actress (Imelda Staunton, instead of Ruby Dee for American Gangster)

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
      – Best Cinematography
      – Best Picture (instead of The Blind Side)
      – Best Adapted Screenplay (instead of District 9)
      – Best Art Direction (instead of Sherlock Holmes)
      – Best Sound Mixing (instead of Star Trek)
      – Best Film Editing (instead of District 9)
      – Best Makeup (instead of The Young Victoria)

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
      – Best Art Direction 
      – Best Visual Effects
      – Best Cinematography (instead of The King’s Speech)
      – Best Makeup (instead of The Way Back)
      – Best Costume Design (instead of The Tempest)
      – Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter, instead of Hailee Steinfeld for True Grit)

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
      – Best Art Direction 
      – Best Visual Effects
      – Best Makeup (WIN, instead of The Iron Lady)
      – Best Picture (instead of War Horse)
      – Best Director (instead of The Descendents)
      – Best Supporting Actor (Alan Rickman, instead of Jonah Hill for Moneyball; WIN, instead of Christopher Plummer for Begginers)
      – Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith, instead of Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs)
      – Best Adapted Screenplay (instead of Moneyball; WIN, instead of The Descendents)
      – Best Sound Editing (instead of The Transformers: Dark of The Moon)
      – Best Sound Mixing (instead of The Transformers: Dark of The Moon)
      – Best Original Score (instead of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
      – Best Cinematography (instead of War Horse)
      – Best Costume Design (instead of W.E.)
      – Best Film Editing (instead of Moneyball)

    Overall: 45 nominations and 7 wins

     

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    Honestely, I’d say:

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
    – Best Original Score (WIN, instead of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

    NO, JUST NO.  
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    John Williams should have plenty more Oscars, but this is not one of them. 

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    RobertoTerra
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    #110895

    John Williams should have plenty more Oscars, but this is not one of them. 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7z8HGXVR80

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    KT
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    This just doesn’t come close to what Howard Shore achieved with Fellowship of the Ring.  The score is epic on so many levels, but also intimate and personal.  He followed Williams’ lead from Star Wars, giving leitmotif themes to cultures of Middle Earth, bringing texture and life to Jackson’s Middle Earth.  This was Shore’s first nomination after over a decade of very good, unrecognized work.  Look at Silence of the Lambs—the score is vital to that film, and Shore went unrecognized.  Not only was this Oscar a worthy career award, but his achievement in Lord of the Rings is unsurpassed in recent years.  My favorite scoring of the film is the Mines of Moria sequence, probably the greatest in the film:

    A Journey in the Dark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ttCJ6uQN_Q
    Bridge of Khazad-Dum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUIZvAe3RBg

    And this isn’t even counting the instantly recognizable Concerning Hobbits, Shire, Isengard, Rivendell, Lothlorien, Legend of the Ring/Argonath, and Breaking of the Fellowship themes.  Definitely one of the few years the Original Score category went to the right film. 

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    babypook
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    #110897

    Can we count on one hand (or a couple of fingers) how open AMPAS is to fantasies?

    Btw, thanks Harry Potter. Truly. 

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    Scottferguson
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    #110898

    or most genres – count westerns (the greatest genre in film history), mysteries/thrillers (the almosy total underrepresentation of Hitchcock, film noir), comedies – probably the three greatest outputs in the history of American film

    the Oscars are about dramas, epics and to some extent musicals mostly – always have been, likely always will – that’s why I am sometimes a little impatient (sorry) when people call Christopher Nolan or The Avengers being shunned the greatest scandal in Oscar history – as deserving as they might have been, they don’t make the top 100, maybe even the top 1000

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    Malick
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    #110899

    Harry Potters going 0 for 10 (just guessing, dont actually know the n# of noms for all 8 films combined) is something the academy can and will neve live down. They royally F***** up there.

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    Stardust
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    #110900

    Some Potter films definitely should’ve won a few of the technical prizes. Art direction, Visual FX, Makeup, Cinematography in particular were very deserved. 

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    Bill Buchanan
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    I definitely think Harry Potter should have won a few technical Oscars. I especially liked Prisoner of Azkaban and Part I and II of Deathly Hallows

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
      – Best Picture (instead of The Blind Side)

    Half-Blood Prince was awful. The worst of the Potter films

    [quote=”rbttk1721″][quote=”RobertoTerra”]Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
     – Best Original Score (WIN, instead of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

    John Williams should have plenty more Oscars, but this is not one of them. [/quote]

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7z8HGXVR80[/quote]

    When I hear that tune, I feel nostalgia and a warm embrace.

    A Journey in the Dark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ttCJ6uQN_Q%5B/quote%5D

    But when this hits the 2:10 mark, I am reminded of the beautiful scene in Fellowship where Gandalf “risks a little more light” and shows the great Dwarven Hall of Dwarrowdelf, I get goose bumps, I am compelled to close my eyes and am completely transported to that world.

    Plus, Williams already has an Oscar, so Shore wins.

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