Daniel Radcliffe: Harry Potter Oscars snub was “snobbery”

Actor admits "it's kind of disheartening" that the franchise has been overlooked by the Academy


Through eight films and ten years, Harry Potter was a cinema sensation in every possible way – except one. None of the films have received Oscar glory, and star Daniel Radcliffe tells Radio Times this week that it’s down to snobbery.


“I don’t think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids’ films, unless they’re directed by Martin Scorsese. I was watching Hugo the other day and going, ‘Why is this nominated and we’re not?’ I was slightly miffed. There’s a certain amount of snobbery.”

Five of the Harry Potter films have been nominated for Oscars in technical categories but none for acting, directing or writing – let alone for best picture. “It’s kind of disheartening. I never thought I’d care.”

But he does add: “How much of a pat on the back do we really need? We get paid stupid amounts of money.”

It’s too early to know whether Radcliffe’s new film, The Woman in Black, will do any better at awards ceremonies, but it did make £13.3m in its opening weekend in America.  Radcliffe says he’s been anxious about it: “I’ve never experienced this before. With Potter you basically knew that people were going to like it.”


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