Oscars 2011: Why ‘Harry Potter’ Deserves An Academy Award

It was about time when the BAFTAs recognized the impact “Harry Potter” has had on the film community, but what about the Oscars?

Over the seven films in the series, “Harry Potter” has earned nine Oscar nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but zero victories. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is up for two awards this Sunday (February 27) — Best Achievement in Art Direction and Best Achievement in Visual Effects — and we think it’s about time that “Potter” got the recognition it deserves.

After the jump, check out some of the reasons that the Academy should give the “Potter” films a much-earned Oscar.

John Williams’ Score
Over the past decade, there have been few scores that have resonated as much as John Williams’ “Harry Potter” score. All you have to do is hear the first few chords to connect the music to “Potter.” Arguably this is his most significant score since he did “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” and “E.T.,” and he won for all of those.

The Great Supporting Cast
The “Potter” films have one of the greatest supporting casts of any major franchise currently out there, and really, nothing for Alan Rickman? Nothing for Ralph Fiennes? Not even Tom Felton, who absolutely stole the show in “Half-Blood Prince”? Someone at least deserves a nod.

The Special Effects
No, it’s no “Avatar.” And not all the special effects have been something to go gaga over. But still, there’s a reason that visual and special effects have been the categories the “Potter” films have always been nominated for. And for “Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” and definitely “Part 2,” they definitely deserve to win.

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