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Can 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' break Oscars curse?

July 3, 2009 | 10:52 am

Everyone will be wild about Harry once more with the July 15 release of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."  But while Harry Potter waves his magic wand over and over, he just can't enchant Oscar voters. Indeed,  Harry Potter is fast becoming the Susan Lucci of the Oscars. Since 2001, his five films have netted just six nods and no wins.


"Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002) and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" (2007) weren't nominated for anything!

The only Oscar bid cooked up by "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2005) was for art direction (it lost to "Memoirs of a Geisha"). "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004) did slightly better, capturing noms for music score and visual effects. It lost to, respectively, "Finding Neverland" and "Spider-Man 2."

It was the first flick that conjured up the most Oscar nods. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) reaped three nominations: art direction, costumes and music score. It lost to, respectively, "Moulin Rouge!" "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring."

However, Harry Potter has had the magic touch at the Grammys where two of Jim Dale's recordings won best children's spoken word album: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" (2000) and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" (2007).


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