Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2: Oscar Bait?

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 is hoping to take a page from the Lord of the Rings playbook. As that film franchise swept the Academy Awards, including a Best Picture statue, so too is the final Harry Potter hoping to win some Oscar love.

Warner Bros is pulling out all the stops to get its final Harry Potter film considered for all of the top Academy Award prizes. The film recently joined the billion dollar box office club and is now setting its sights on a different kind of gold -- Oscar.

When Lord of the Rings: Return of the King went into its Oscar night, hopes were high it would win Best Picture. Not only did it take the top prize that evening in 2003, it won 10 other Academy Awards. The question is: Does Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 have the same chance?

In short: Perhaps.

The final Harry Potter installment was sweeping, but not quite in the same way Return of the King was when it hit the big screen. Yes, there is the climactic battle between good and evil. But, there are so many aspects that are uniquely different between the two films. Will that matter?

In a statement on their efforts, the studio said it was ready to “absolutely, hands-down, across-the board” make the push for Oscar history. Thus far, the Harry Potter series failed to secure even a technical award on movies’ biggest night and has never seen any of its actors nominated for performance Oscars.

Not since The Dark Knight -- also from Warner Bros -- received its Academy Awards push that resulted in Heath Ledger winning a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his stellar performance as the Joker, has a summer blockbuster gone for the gold.

Look for the studio to get behind its leads, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, for lead actor nominations. Also watch for the notorious villain (Voldemort) and the esteemed thespian behind it -- Ralph Fiennes -- to be considered for a Supporting Actor nod.

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