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Despite the high pedigree of its cast, critical huzzahs, and becoming the reigning champ of all movie series with $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts, the "Harry Potter" films were persona non grata at the Oscars this year.
Franchise star Daniel Radcliffe assumed that would be the case all along, even though fans expected "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" (96% on Rotten Tomatoes) to grab a Best Picture nod over the likes of "War Horse" (76%) and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (46%).
The titular center of the series, Radcliffe told Moviefone during press for haunted house shocker "The Woman In Black" that despite the months of efforts from Warner Bros. to nab a series legacy nomination, it was never a given.
"I didn't expect it to be nominated for Best Picture, and no, it doesn't faze us," said Radcliffe. "Just because we've been around for a long time, and made a lot of movies, I don't think when you come to the end of that series that anyone's obligated to say you're best picture. Obviously it would have been lovely, but I don't think it's something we're going to be losing sleep over."
Spoken like a true optimistic pessimist.
After "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King" won Best Picture in 2004 and the recent nomination of "Avatar" it was possible that the fantasy genre had lost its gutter status among Academy members, but that does not appear to be the case. Nevertheless, 22-year-old Radcliffe is taking it all in stride.
"Obviously it's a lovely thing to be recognized by the public or by your peers, and I'm sure that's a very gratifying thing," continued Radcliffe. "But I always have a moment when I watch those big ceremonies... we love to pat ourselves on the back in this industry, and we like to tell ourselves how well we've done and how amazing we are. It's all very self-congratulatory."