Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Harry Potter Franchise Accios First-Ever Academy Award

Harry Potter Franchise Accios First-Ever Academy Award
Photo Credit: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them / Warner Bros Pictures
Unlike a Niffler who has a penchant for all things glittery and gold, the Harry Potter franchise never managed to pick up an Oscar statuette - until the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.

The series spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them got off to a roaring start, not just making billions at the world box office but also the Academy Awards. The first installment was nominated for two awards Best Costume Design by Colleen Atwood and Best Production Design by Stuart Craig.

During the epic ten-year production to adapt seven books, the eight movies set new records at the box office and took fans by storm, Harry Potter was nominated twelve times in categories such as original score, cinematography, make-up, special effects, and costumes. Towards the end of the series with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, it even garnered criticism for lacking acting nominations for Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange and the late Alan Rickman as Severus Snape. But, it never managed to take home gold.

Following the story of Newt Scamander's epic journey, which will span five films, the production and creative team of Fantastic Beasts took wizards and witches back to the roaring, dazzling 1920s. The costumes were a hit with fans before the film was even released with cosplayers showing up at conventions in what is surely now one of the most iconic wardrobes for a Harry Potter character worn by Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne) above.

Atwood, ultimately, took home the prize, but this isn't the first time her magnificent work has been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She's a twelve-time nominee with previous wins including Chicago, Memoirs of a Geisha and Alice in Wonderland.

This was the first time the Harry Potter series finally worked its magic on the Oscars. Watch below as Colleen Atwood talks to the press after her special victory.

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