Oscars: “Harry Potter” FYC ads hit the Web – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: I mentioned this yesterday when reporting on David Yates’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” leading the People’s Choice Awards nominations with 9 nods.

Warner Bros. is preparing a sturdy Oscar push for the final installment in the eight-picture franchise, hoping to capitalize on the series’ successes in much the same way that Peter Jackson scored a Bets Picture win for his third “Lord of the Rings” chapter. A keepsake book arrived in the mail the other day with a bevy of critical quotes praising not only “Part 2” but the entire series. And now, an FYC ad has made its way online as the Oscar campaign continues.

We have it here:

All the ad asks is that we “Consider …” And why not? There’s no clear-cut frontrunner in the Best Picture race this year. And while I believe it’s an uphill battle for a film franchise that never managed to crack the Best Picture race, why couldn’t it happen this year? Warner Bros., at the very least, has to try. The film’s bound to secure technical nods. Could Alan Rickman slip in to a Supporting Actor race? Could Daniel Radcliffe compete for Best Actor? In a bets case scenario, could Yates and “Part 2” find themselves in the thick of the Best Picture competition?

Expect the film to drop back onto Oscar tracker radars when it streets on DVD and Blu-ray on Dec. 2. Do you think “Harry” should have legitimate Oscar hopes? Let us know.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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