Monday, July 18, 2011

Harry Potter and Order of the Oscar Gold

I think that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II deserves an Oscar.  And not just some little tiny award that nobody cares about.  Harry Potter has produced some of the best acting I’ve seen.  The main trio gave great performances, not Oscar-worthy, but great nonetheless.  The adult actors, however, acted their characters right off the pages of the J.K. Rowling novel.  Voldemort, Lucius Malfoy and most especially Bellatrix Lestrange consumed their respective actors; I picture their portrayal when I read the books now.  Obviously, I’m biased towards the bad guys of the movies, but if anyone can watch Helena Bonham Carter’s portrayal of Bellatrix Lestrange and not be convinced of her insanity, cruelty, devotion to Voldemort and innate evilness then go ahead and say she doesn’t deserve an Oscar.  She has been the ruthless right hand woman of Voldemort since his return to his corporeal body, killing off the “blood traitor” members of her own family to please him.  She’s destroyed countless families, killed anyone who stood in the Dark Lord’s way, tortured people until they’re brain dead and left children as orphans.  Helena Carter brilliantly portrayed this character with a ferocity that can only come from having one of the best actresses of our generation portray a role with which you can obviously tell she’s having fun.  Her drawback can be seen as a reduced amount of screen time.  Yet in my opinion, the amount she managed to develop the character in the short amount of time on screen is a testament to her pedigree as an actress and another reason why this she deserves the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

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