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"Harry Potter" Films to Receive Honorary BAFTA Award

Film Awards
Posted by: Stephanie_J
February 03, 2011, 05:52 AM

Organizers for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards announced this morning that the "Harry Potter" film franchise will receive the award for "Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema."

Author J.K. Rowling and producer David Heyman will be presented with the award during the ceremony on February 13th at the Royal Opera House in London.

According to BAFTA organizers:

"The Harry Potter films have not only created stars in front of the camera, but have also highlighted the expertise within the British craft and technical industries, supporting a vast array of jobs throughout production. Their contribution to the British filmmaking industry was underlined last year when Warner Bros. Pictures, which has shepherded the film series from its inception, purchased Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire. Leavesden Studios has been the Harry Potter base for the past ten years."
To date, the "Harry Potter" films have received seven Oscar nominations and 28 BAFTA nominations. It also won the publicly-voted for Orange Film of the Year award in 2004 for "Prisoner of Azkaban."

David Heyman gave an early reaction to the news saying:
"On behalf of the over 2000 people who worked in front of and behind the camera on each of the Harry Potter films I would like to say how honoured we all are to receive this Award. And thank you to Jo Rowling for entrusting us to bring her magnificent books to the screen."
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), and Emma Watson (Hermione) also expressed their gratitude to the BAFTAs for recognizing the films.

Daniel Radcliffe:
“I am thrilled that the Harry Potter film series is being honoured with this Award. I have loved every minute of making these films and to me the real heroes are the crew and the huge team of craftsmen that have made all eight of them possible - this Award is a testament to their incredible work.”
Emma Watson:
“This is a huge honour! I am so proud to have been part of the incredible team both in front and behind the camera that made these films. Thank you to Jo Rowling for writing such wonderful books, to David Heyman for shepherding us all through the past ten years and to all the loyal fans who have been with us throughout.”
Rupert Grint:
“Thank you so much BAFTA for this amazing Award. We have spent half our lives making these films and are so proud of the pleasure they have given the fans and the contribution they have made to British cinema.”

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35 Points

YAY!! SO DESERVED TO ALL! I Thank every person involved with these films because they remained true for ten years to bringing the MAGIC of J.K. Rowling to the world!! Every person involved will be missed deeply!

Posted by bionicpags on February 03, 2011, 06:15 AM report to moderator
35 Points

OMG Was I the first??? CONGRATS TO ALL!!!

Posted by bionicpags on February 03, 2011, 06:15 AM report to moderator
218 Points

YAY FIRST!…WOW this is such an honour (im canadian) for the HP filmmakers and the community, and it is about time HP gets appreciated for all the hard work and incredible effort that has gone into every last detail of this enchanting story, from the magic in the places such as hogwarts and diagon alley, (remember the self-knitting clothes to the self-scrubbing pans from the Burrow in CoS – PLAIN AWESOME!) to the work put into the cotumes and amazing music!:) This series deserves a shout-out!:)

Posted by HIFireWhiskers58 on February 03, 2011, 06:18 AM report to moderator
35 Points

HIFIRE – Beat ya by three minutes but isn’t it funny that we both started our posts with YAY – and i never say yay …. GO TO THE WIZARDING WORLD IT IS AWESOME!

Posted by bionicpags on February 03, 2011, 06:24 AM report to moderator
5503 Points

Oh this is so amazing for them!!!! :) Congratulations to all of them cast crew and actors alike. They all did an incredible job bringing this fantastic series to life. Very deserving! =D YAY!

Posted by ksddancer... ROAR!!!!!!! on February 03, 2011, 06:36 AM report to moderator
217 Points

YAY lol, about time too, thank God I was beginning to think we would go unnoticed forever. Well done to all involved, cast and crew that have made all the years so special, special thanks to Jo and especially the casting crew, you got it right with every character :) well done.

Now if there is any small part that still needs filling… hint hint lol

Posted by DavidTheUnready on February 03, 2011, 06:38 AM report to moderator
5389 Points

Well deserved. Congratulations guys

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on February 03, 2011, 06:39 AM report to moderator
218 Points

lol @ bionicpags … I noticed whne I posted…that what I get for commenting with a long message:)….YES I HAVE BEEN TO THE WIZARDING WORLD ITS AWESOME!:P

Posted by HIFireWhiskers58 on February 03, 2011, 06:58 AM report to moderator
3134 Points

How lovely! Congrats to all involved. :o)

28416 Points

This is fantastic news and so well deserved.
A lot of people have had 10 years of work because of these films, people have learned their craft, beginning at the bottom and moving on upward as they gained experience. There are many talented people out there who have gained an enormous amount by working behind the scenes on these films and honed their skills in so many ways; props, scale models, graphics, animatronics, CG effects, setbuilding and costume and no doubt many other things I’ve not even thought of.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on February 03, 2011, 07:07 AM report to moderator
1839 Points

How fabulous! So nice they are being acknowledged in such a wonderful way :)

Posted by Lillylove on February 03, 2011, 08:03 AM report to moderator
3767 Points

Congratulations to everyone involved in these tremendous films! They have all worked together to bring the magic to the screen! This is definitely a deserved honor!

Posted by Want to be a Weasley on February 03, 2011, 08:08 AM report to moderator
11773 Points

Wonderful news, and well deserved.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on February 03, 2011, 08:08 AM report to moderator
683 Points

This is amazing,and they so deserve it! Congrats to all!

Posted by xxIBelieveInNarglesxx on February 03, 2011, 10:57 AM report to moderator
36 Points

Very well deserved! Glad they’re getting the recognition they deserve, can’t wait to watch the BAFTAs :D

Posted by SopophorousBean on February 03, 2011, 11:30 AM report to moderator
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