Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was a rousing finish to the movie franchise, but nominating it for Best Picture would have been stretching a point, I think. It’s really half a movie. Unlike The Return of the King or, to name a few fantasy-adventure movies from the past decade that should have been nominated and would have been if the Academy wasn’t hell-bent on making itself even more irrelevant by refusing to consider fantasy-adventures (not to mention comedies), which is to say, movies people want to see, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises, and Spider-Man 2, it doesn’t stand on its own. Those others, even though parts of a series, do. And while Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, and especially Alan Rickman gave wonderful supporting performances over the years, only Fiennes had much to do in Deathly Hallows 2 and that wasn’t all that much. The series and its supporting cast deserved awards but the Academy would have had to invent a special category. Of course that it didn’t think to do it is part of what’s gone so wrong with the Oscars. Like I said, the Academy seems to have a prejudice against movies people like. But the fact that they didn’t find a way to have Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint stand together on stage last night is a pretty persuasive indicator that in ten or so years no one will be watching the Oscars.
Still, I wouldn’t make the case that Deathly Hallows 2 was “overlooked,” let alone “snubbed.” On the other hand, don’t get me started on Captain America: The First Avenger, which I think was every bit as good a piece of moviemaking with as fine a lead performance (Chris Evans) and deserving a supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) as Moneyball and The Descendants.
That all said, here’s Marissa Piazzola over at Huffington Post making the case that Deathly Hallows Part 2 and the whole franchise deserved more Oscar love.