Some recent Award Season HP news

The season of movie awards is now well under way, and there are a few pieces of news relating to Harry Potter to report on:

  • Firstly, Potter actors Jim Broadbent (Slughorn) and David Thewlis (Lupin), have been nominated at the London Evening Standard British Film Awards, for their respective roles in the films Another Year and London Boulevard.

  • The Production Designer for Harry Potter, Stuart Craig, has received a nomination in the Fantasy Film category at the Art Directors Guild Awards for his work on Deathly Hallows Part 1.

  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars) has revealed the finalists in the race to get an Oscar nomination in the Visual Effects Category. Deathly Hallows Part 1 was one of seven films on the list, which will be cut down on Jan 20th to five final nominees.

  • And finally, Deathly Hallows Part 1 has been longlisted in 8 categories for the BAFTAs. These categories are:
         • Make Up & Hair
         • Editing
         • Special Visual Effects
         • Costume Design
         • Sound
         • Production Design
         • Cinematography
         • Original Music
    Additionally, Helena Bonham Carter, Miranda Richardson, and Jim Broadbent have all been longlisted in acting categories for roles outside of Potter.

Congratulations to all involved and we hope you are successful!

Deathly Hallows: Part 1 has now officially been nominated for two BAFTAs. These are:

     • Special Visual Effects
     • Make Up & Hair

Posted on 09 Jan 2011 by Tom

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