Harry Potter Fan Calls For Academy Award Boycott

By Maryann Yin Comment

After the Harry Potter franchise was not nominated for Best Picture this year, Huffington Post writer Linda Kenney Baden suggested that fans of the boy wizard consider boycotting the Academy Awards.

Here’s an excerpt: “Enough already Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences– start nominating movies that are terrific — no matter the genre. Some of the nominated movies are boring, unwatchable, obtuse or totally uninteresting to moviegoers and not just the youth audience that makes up 80 percent of the cinema going public … Is it time for the movie public — the viewers — to engage in a national TV boycott?”

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 received three nominations for this year’s Academy Awards: Best Art Direction, Best Makeup and Best Visual Effects.

The Showbiz 411 news clip embedded above features interviews with three Harry Potter actors on the nominations: Warwick Davis (aka Gringotts Bank goblin Griphook/Professor Filius Flitwick), David Thewlis (aka Professor Remus Lupin) and Daniel Radcliffe (aka The Boy Who Lived).

The Harry Potter film franchise has never received favorable recognition from prestigious awards organizers. Hollywood Foreign Press Association did not bestow any nominations on the final film at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. According to The Telegraph, the first seven films in the series received nine Oscar nominations but no wins.

The MTV Movies Blog reported that prior to the announcement “Warner Bros. made a big push for award consideration with their ubiquitous ‘Consider’ ad campaign” and fans placed their hopes in Alan Rickman‘s portrayal of Severus Snape.

The Harry Potter films have earned plenty of fan-based awards. This year the film swept the People’s Choice Awards with four wins. On Facebook, fans created a group page called “We demand an Oscar to Alan Rickman for his role as Severus Snape.” As of this writing, the group has amassed 39,780 “likes.”

Last night, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2 won the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for “Stunt Performances in a Film.”