Among recent revelations and assertions ranging from the highly personal to the highly political, Daniel Radcliffe has publicly complained that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, 2011's biggest worldwide blockbuster and the very last Harry Potter movie, is in the running in only three “technical” categories for the 2012 Academy Awards. For the record, those are Best Art Direction, Best Make-Up, and Best Visual Effects. (Image: Daniel Radcliffe.)
“I don't think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids' films, unless they're directed by Martin Scorsese,” Radcliffe remarked in an interview with Radio Times. “I was watching Hugo the other day and going, 'Why is this nominated and we're not?' I was slightly miffed. There's a certain amount of snobbery. It's kind of disheartening. I never thought I'd care. But it would've been nice to have some recognition, just for the hours put in.”
Scorsese's Hugo, which happens to be an expensive box office disappointment – i.e., an “uncommercial” movie – is up for 11 Oscars. That's more than any other film this year. Among Hugo's nominations are those for Best Picture and Best Director.
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter, and the Oscars
Although several Harry Potter movies have been shortlisted for the Academy Awards in a handful of “technical” categories – generally for their production design and visual effects – they've yet to win a single Oscar. None of the Harry Potter performers, directors, or screenwriters has been nominated for an Oscar for their work on the franchise – though many have either been nominated for or won Oscars for their work elsewhere. (See below.)
'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2' actors: Oscar winners and nominees
In addition to Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 also features two-time Oscar nominees Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List, The English Patient) and Helena Bonham Carter (The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech); two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Best Actress for Howards End, Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility); and 2012 Best Actor nominee Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
Also: two-time Oscar nominee John Hurt (Midnight Express, The Elephant Man), two-time winner Maggie Smith (Best Actress for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Best Supporting Actress for California Suite), two-time nominee Julie Walters (Educating Rita, Billy Eliot), two-time nominee Miranda Richardson (Damage, Tom & Viv), and Oscar winner Jim Broadbent (Iris).
Besides, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 features Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Jason Isaacs, Robbie Coltrane, Kelly Macdonald, Ciarán Hinds, David Thewlis, Timothy Spall, Warwick Davis, and Miriam Margolyes.
Daniel Radcliffe: Life after Harry Potter
Having said goodbye to Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe is currently doing quite well for himself as the star of the ghost story The Woman in Black, which way overperformed at the North American box office this past weekend.