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Can “Harry Potter 7” Break the Oscar Barrier?

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In the last nine years, the “Harry Potter” film series has broken box office records while also being critically acclaimed. While not as fulfilling and satisfying as the books (few book-to-film adaptations are), the movies were fun, well-acted and exciting. And they got progressively better, which is pretty rare for a franchise this long.

The movies have also been slightly recognized by the Oscars. The franchise has scored a total of 7 Oscar nods. But the nominations were mostly in technical categories (Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, etc.)

While all of these nominations are pretty cool, the movies have not been able to get nominations in any of the major categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress, Best Supporting Actor/Actress, Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

It would be awesome if Deathly Hallows Part 1 (the seventh of eight films) were nominated for Best Actor (Dan Radcliffe), Best Actress (Emma Watson), Best Supporting Actor (Rupert Grint) and Best Director (David Yates). Those four people did excellent work in HP7. But it’s highly, highly unlikely.

I do think that Deathly Hallows Part 1 has the strongest chance of being nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie is much darker and more psychological than the others. The dialogue is just beautiful. The film is helped by its non-Hogwarts setting as well as by the gorgeous animation for the “Tale of the Three Brothers.”

While I’m sure that HP7 will rule the technical awards, do you think that it can make its way into the major categories?