Children’s movies are not known as Oscar bait. Animated movies have their own category and are rarely, if ever, even in the discussion for outright Best Picture nominations. Live-action movies meant for a younger audience are often sillier and contain simpler themes than their adult counterparts. This doesn’t make them bad, but they are often not the type of product that garners Oscar recognition.
That didn’t make it any less surprising to hear that 2017 was the first ever Oscar win for a movie in the Harry Potter universe.
For the uninformed, there have now been nine Harry Potter movies: the eight in the original series and 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The first eight films grew darker and more adult as the series wore on, but none ever grabbed an Oscar win.
The movies were collectively nominated a number of times in previous years for Academy Awards in varying categories: Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, etc. None had ever won though, until now. Fantastic Beasts was nominated for Costume Design thanks to Colleen Atwood, herself a past Oscar nominee for other films. Atwood and the Harry Potter world took home the win. It was Atwood’s fourth gold statue but Harry’s first.
As the Harry Potter series continues on with more sequels and offshoots, it remains to be seen if it will ever win another Oscar. However, it was nice to see a beautifully depicted film like Fantastic Beasts rewarded for its hard work. And it was nice to hear that this J.K. Rowling lady finally caught a break for once!