Harry Potter Moments at the Oscars

Feb 25, 2015

Posted by: Catherine


Many of us tuned in to watch the Oscars last Sunday evening, and even though Harry Potter was not directly mentioned, Harry Potter affiliates tend to find their way into the mix. The leading Harry Potter alumni was Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) in The Grand Budapest Hotel.  As Leaky reported a couple of weeks ago, Ralph Fiennes new project took home five BAFTAs. We are proud to add that this remarkable film took home almost as many (four) Academy Awards. The Grand Budapest Hotel won oscars for Best Original Score (subsequently arranged by Alexandre Desplat, who arranged the soundtrack for Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2) Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hair Styling, and Best Costume Design.

There were several other Oscars that included a few Harry Potter Alums. Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for Best Actor in The Theory of Everything, which also featured David Thewlis (Remus Lupin). The Phone Call, starring Jim Broadbent (Horace Slughorn), won for Best Live Action Short. Finally Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina, who contributed so much to pop design in the Harry Potter films, also won an Oscar for their prop work in The Imitation Game.

Emma Watson was touched by the attention given to gender equality at the Oscars. Ms. Watson praised, through her Twitter, Patricia Arquette for her energizing speech on gender inequality of pay grades between men and women, as women statistically earn less money working the same jobs as men.

@EmWatson Yes . Yes. … Love you.

Emma also tweeted thank you notes to Steve Carell and Jake McDorman for wearing HeForShe cuff links to the Oscars, and openly supporting HeForShe. Ms. Watson’s notes can be seen here and here, as well as below. Steve Carell tweeted back at Emma that it was “an honor to support #HeForShe and gender equality.”




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