“Harry Potter” Films to Receive Honorary BAFTA Award

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Feb 03, 2011

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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.”





52 Responses to “Harry Potter” Films to Receive Honorary BAFTA Award

Avatar Imagebionicpags says: 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!Avatar Imagebionicpags says: OMG Was I the first??? CONGRATS TO ALL!!! Avatar ImageHiren58 says: 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!:)Avatar Imagebionicpags says: 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!Avatar Imageksddancer says: 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!Avatar ImageDavidTheUnready says: 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 lolAvatar Imageazaadpotter says: Well deserved. Congratulations guysAvatar ImageHiren58 says: 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!:PAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: How lovely! Congrats to all involved. :o)Avatar Imagemoglet says: 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.Avatar ImageLillylove says: How fabulous! So nice they are being acknowledged in such a wonderful way :)Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: 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!Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: Wonderful news, and well deserved.Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: This is amazing,and they so deserve it! Congrats to all!Avatar ImageSopophorousBean says: Very well deserved! Glad they're getting the recognition they deserve, can't wait to watch the BAFTAs :DAvatar ImageCDR says: They all deserve it!!!Well done!!!!!:):):):)Avatar Imageforgetmenot_007 says: VERY WELL DESERVED!!! YAY! :-DAvatar ImageMischiefManaged404 says: That's so great! Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: cant wait for the baftas:) IT'S ABOUT TIME THEY GET RECOGNISED!!!!!!! :D:D:D congratulations to all who is involved :)Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: cant wait for the baftas:) IT'S ABOUT TIME THEY GET RECOGNISED!!!!!!! :D:D:D congratulations to all who is involved :)Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: about bloody time!Avatar ImageEmmaria says: OMG i am so happy YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D CONGRATULATIONS U DESERVED IT YAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageEmmaria says: :') (tears of joy)Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Beaming with pride! Words can't express I owe the whole cast and crew so much! Thanks for being my teenage years guy. At 22, or 23 when the DH Pt2 comes out I'll be an adult. So sad it's coming to an end but I couldn't be prouder with the entire seriesAvatar Imagedevilskinn says: Congrats! I am so happy I could cry... in fact, I think I might when I'll watch the award ceremony :-pAvatar Imagekbicprez says: WELL DONE BAFTA!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Yay! Congratulaitons!!! They deserve it!!!!Avatar Imagemoisenallie16 says: YAY!Avatar Imagemoisenallie16 says: YAY!Avatar Imagemoisenallie16 says: YAY!Avatar Imagemoisenallie16 says: YAY!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That is absoloutely magnificent! After these ten years hard years of creating magic its just wonderful that they are being recognized for everyone's hard work. Harry Potter wouldn't have been this big now if it hadn't been for each and every person who worked and long and hard hours.Avatar Imagecharissekin says: This is well-deserved as the popularity proves the quality craftsmanship that has gone into the making of each and every one of these films. Usually sequels diminish in quality, but HP keeps getting better. Congrats to all!Avatar ImageHalfbloodPrince08 says: tottaly deservedAvatar Imageglow_freak says: ABOUT TIME!Avatar Imageglow_freak says: ABOUT TIME!Avatar Imagehewy says: Yes it is about time these films were honoured!!!!!! They have done so much for children and adults all over the planet. A friend of mine decided to read the series because of the films and now has a treasured collection of HP books to her name. This is simply magnificent!Avatar ImageHogwartsHP says: Great news, congrats, I can't wait to see it !§!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: That's awesome!Avatar ImageMistic Willow says: WOW!!! TOTALLY AWESOME!!!Avatar Imagejhlovesmusic says: Awesome!!! :D Congrats to them all! ;)Avatar ImageCatherine says: CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL! it was well deserved for everyone on and off screen! and of course, Jo deserves each and every award she recieves! :)Avatar ImageFresca says: A well deserved award for the HP films, and Rupert, Dan and Ema's quotes say it all! Avatar ImageFiniteincantatum says: The best news ever, they really deserve it.Avatar Imagegurps says: YAY finally HP is being properly acknowledged!! Avatar ImageFawkes1706 says: Fantastic work by everyone, the films are the best! I have grown up with Potter, and I will never part with my books and films, this award is well deserved, thankyou Jo Rowling! Avatar Imagebudgie says: Congratulations to all involved. Get on board Oacar!Avatar ImageButterfly_Boy says: It's about time these films are celebrated and honoured for their contribution to cinema over the years :-)Avatar ImageKitty Draconis says: yey, somethingAvatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Every award and nomination are well deserved. If only the Oscars cared more about Harry Potter. Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Well, it's about time Harry Potter got the recognition it deserved! I'll be watching the BAFT's on Sunday! :DAvatar Imagesherly says: This is awesome. No doubt they deserve this. Many congratulations!

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