There aren’t many people who don’t recognize the name Harry Potter. The eight films and the IMAX marathon viewings alone have grossed over USD $10 billion worldwide and everyone’s little sister or brother secretly has a Pottermore account to keep J.K. Rowling’s detail-rich, gorgeous world of wizardry alive.
Despite the commercially and critically successful franchise accumulating money, acclaim and power over the years, there hasn’t been a single Oscar to its name. The original eight films earned a collective 12 nominations over the years, but it is a prequel film that now has bragging rights to Harry Potter’s first Oscar.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them won the award for best costume design earlier. The charming 1920s looks were created by Colleen Atwood and brought to life by Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton, Jon Voight, Carmen Ejogo, Ron Perlman and more.
“I didn’t realize that – that’s shocking,” said Atwood to reporters backstage after her win, when told of the break in the franchise’s Oscar dry spell. “Because there’s so much incredible kind of artistry in the Harry Potter movies”.
“I think maybe the fact that this movie, J.K. Rowling’s creation is set in the 1920s, which kind of keyed off a different sort of visual sense, might be the kind of obvious thing. But I can’t believe they never won for that incredible clockwork creation of Stuart Craig in the Harry Potter movies”.
Atwood, a 12-time Academy Award nominee, shared that she had initially been intimidated by the thought of joining such a high-profile franchise, but was inspired by the story’s setting. “It was such an amazing times of dreams for everyone – the ‘20s is a great period to tweak into magic because it is very graphic. I treated it as my own visual canon and set myself free”.
Atwood and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them beat out Allied, Florence Foster Jenkins, Jackie and La La Land for the honor. Atwood has previously earned Oscars for her work in Chicago, Memoirs Of A Geisha and Alice In Wonderland.