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"Harry Potter" Films to Receive Honorary BAFTA Award

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Posted by: Stephanie_J
February 03, 2011, 05:52 AM

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.”

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48 Comments

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3985 Points

They all deserve it!!!Well done!!!!!:):):):)

Posted by CDR on February 03, 2011, 11:39 AM report to moderator
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8316 Points

VERY WELL DESERVED!!! YAY! :-D

Posted by forgetmenot_007 on February 03, 2011, 11:44 AM report to moderator
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That’s so great!

Posted by MischiefManaged404 on February 03, 2011, 12:25 PM report to moderator
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1111 Points

cant wait for the baftas:)
IT’S ABOUT TIME THEY GET RECOGNISED!!!!!!! :D:D:D
congratulations to all who is involved :)

Posted by Harrypotterultrafan on February 03, 2011, 12:58 PM report to moderator
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1111 Points

cant wait for the baftas:)
IT’S ABOUT TIME THEY GET RECOGNISED!!!!!!! :D:D:D
congratulations to all who is involved :)

Posted by Harrypotterultrafan on February 03, 2011, 12:58 PM report to moderator
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667 Points

about bloody time!

Posted by chikitcorpuzvesterbaek on February 03, 2011, 01:03 PM report to moderator
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OMG i am so happy YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
CONGRATULATIONS U DESERVED IT YAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Emmaria on February 03, 2011, 01:43 PM report to moderator
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:’) (tears of joy)

Posted by Emmaria on February 03, 2011, 01:44 PM report to moderator
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2408 Points

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 series

Posted by KiwiMcI on February 03, 2011, 02:24 PM report to moderator
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4366 Points

Congrats! I am so happy I could cry… in fact, I think I might when I’ll watch the award ceremony :-p

Posted by devilskinn on February 03, 2011, 02:36 PM report to moderator
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6352 Points

WELL DONE BAFTA!

Posted by KB Prez [ROAR!] on February 03, 2011, 02:50 PM report to moderator
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4852 Points

Yay! Congratulaitons!!! They deserve it!!!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on February 03, 2011, 05:30 PM report to moderator
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1740 Points

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.

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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!

Posted by cherriekin on February 03, 2011, 07:03 PM report to moderator
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683 Points

tottaly deserved

Posted by HalfbloodPrince08 on February 03, 2011, 10:39 PM report to moderator
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