16 years, 14 nominations and nine movies later.
One of the great mysteries in life is trying to understand why the original Harry Potter movies never won a much-deserved Academy Award, despite 12 nominations.
But now, thanks to the fantastical splendor of the American wizarding world in the 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Potterheads finally came away victorious with a win at the 2017 Oscars on February 26.
Fantastic Beasts was awarded Best Costume Design for its colorful 1920’s looks, designed by Colleen Atwood. Atwood has previously won for Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha and Alice in Wonderland.
“Sting told me I was going to win tonight. I didn’t believe him,” Atwood said in her acceptance speech after beating the likes of La La Land, Florence Foster Jenkins and Jackie.
She wasn’t alone. I’m sure most of the fandom was prepared to be snubbed again.
The franchise’s lack of Academy Awards led Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed the British wizard, to say in 2012 that “I don’t think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids’ films, unless they’re directed by Martin Scorsese. 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.”
Also in 2012, E! News wrote “the world’s most successful movie franchise of all-time became the most-snubbed top-grossing franchise of all-time.” The article even pointed out that Harry Potter was the only franchise of Hollywood’s five biggest film series to never win an Oscar.
Atwood told reporters backstage that she was unaware the franchise had never won before and expressed her shock over the matter. “There’s so much incredible kind of artistry in the Harry Potter movies. I think maybe the fact that this movie, J.K. Rowling’s creation is set in the 1920s, which kind of keyed off a different sort of visual sense, might be the kind of obvious thing. But I can’t believe they never won for that incredible clockwork creation of Stuart Craig in the Harry Potter movies.”
While it will never be okay that none of the original eight films ever won an Academy Award, it is nice to know that the Oscars has finally deigned to acknowledge the Harry Potter greatness after 16 years and nine movies. It’s just too bad Richard Griffiths, Alan Rickman and John Hurt weren’t around to see it.