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Poll predicts a 'Harry Potter' best picture Oscar nod but no win

Harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-2"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" will have the magic touch at the upcoming Oscars, according to a plurality of respondents to our Awards Tracker poll. As of Wednesday morning, 38.7%  (832 voters) of our readers believe it will be nominated for best picture. However, they also predict it will lose. Eight hundred and twenty-two voters (38.23%) insist it will win.

Below are some sample perspectives from the comments section of the poll:

John Percival Wulfric Brian-Carlson: I think predicting the oscars in July is just kinda needless and silly. The vast majority of nominated movies come out in October through December, and it's rare for Blockbuster-summer movies to make the cut (or make it past just being nominated). So I think there's literally no way of knowing …. At this point last year, a movie about facebook co-starring Justin Timberlake sounded laughable and look what happened.

Steven Stark: One sure way to get more and younger people to watch the Oscars telecast.

Alessandro Zanchin: Hope not. It's just an entertainment movie, not a Oscar movie. Nominations for some techs is enough.

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The "Harry Potter" movie franchise may be the most successful in Hollywood history, grossing more than $2 billion in the U.S., but it hasn't fared well at the Oscars. The films have received only seven nominations, all in the tech slots, and none resulted in a win. Can the final installment, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2," be nominated for best picture?

"Why not?" asks Pete Hammond at Deadline. "Although the Academy historically shuns this type of film and doesn't favor fantasy, sci-fi or kid flicks you can point to the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy and say there is an exception to every rule."

That's true. The final installment of that franchise, "Return of the King," ended up winning all of its 11 nominations, thus tying the all-time record set by "Titanic" and "Ben-Hur" as biggest Oscar champ of all time. But the previous two installments were nominated for best picture, and there was a widespread belief that, if those academy geezers denied Hobbit geeks the top prize one more time, the geeks would fling Oscar into the fiery depths of Mount Doom.

Over at the Wrap, Steve Pond is musing over the best picture prospects of "Deathly Hallows — Part 2," and he agrees that the Oscar buzz is real, but both Pond and Hammond quote actual voters as saying that the hope is a long shot. Two chief problems: the film's fantasy elements and the fact that it's a kids' flick. Yes, but that was also true of 1982 best picture nominee "E.T."

 

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BAFTA Los Angeles to honor Helena Bonham Carter

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor actress Helena Bonham Carter with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The BAFTA L.A. accolade tops off an award-winning year for the British actress, currently in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2." Earlier this year she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar for supporting actress in the Academy Award winner for best film, "The King's Speech."

The actress joins the previously announced John Lasseter, who will receive the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contributions to Filmed Entertainment and "Harry Potter" director David Yates, the winner of the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.

-- Susan King

Photo: Helena Bonham Carter. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images 


Why doesn't Harry Potter have the magic touch at the Oscars?

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The "Harry Potter" film franchise is the most successful in history, netting more than $2 billion in the U.S., but, strangely, it hasn't hit the jackpot at the Oscars. The first seven installments reaped a total of just nine nominations. All of them were in the less glamorous technical categories like art direction, costume design, visual effects, cinematography and original score. None won.

Why do voters continue to shun these movies? Just a few years ago the most successful film franchise in Hollywood history was a string of fantasy films, based upon beloved books, that were packed with wizards and monsters too: "The Lord of the Rings." The first two installments were nominated for best picture and the last one, "Return of the King," won the top prize -– plus 10 more, thus tying the record for most Academy Awards in one year set by "Titanic" and "Ben-Hur."

"Deathly Hallows, Part 2" is the final installment of the "Harry Potter" series and it's reaping fantastic reviews from critics (97% at Rotten Tomatoes). Does it have a prayer of winning best picture?

Nope. And it probably won't be nominated. The reason: "Harry Potter" is perceived as kids' stuff and Oscar voters are old pretentious snobs. At best, it'll receive nominations in those tech races again.

At the very least, the Academy Board of Governors might consider presenting its honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to David Heyman as one of the top producers in the prime of a career. Not really seen as a lifetime achievement award, it has previously been given to such crowd-pleasing past recipients as George Lucas, Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Alfred Hitchcock.

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