Daniel Radcliffe is upset the Harry Potter franchise has been largely overlooked by the Academy Awards, blaming Hollywood “snobbery” for the snub.
The final installment of the hit series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, is in the running for art direction, make-up and visual effects prizes at the upcoming 2012 ceremony.
But Radcliffe, who played the boy wizard in eight films, admits it’s “disheartening” to miss out on a chance at Oscars gold in the major categories.
He tells Britain’s Radio Times, “It’s kind of disheartening. I never thought I’d care. But it would’ve been nice to have some recognition, just for the hours put in. I don’t think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids’ films, unless they’re directed by Martin Scorsese.
“I was watching Hugo the other day and was going, ‘Why is this nominated and we’re not?’ I was slightly miffed. There’s a certain amount of snobbery.”
But the actor concedes, “How much of a pat on the back do we really need? We get paid stupid amounts of money.”
In the new issue of GQ magazine, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe reveals he stopped drinking last August after realizing he became reliant on alcohol “to enjoy stuff.”
“There were a few years there when I was just so enamored with the idea of living some sort of famous person’s lifestyle that really isn’t suited to me,” Radcliffe, 21, admits.
“As much as I would love to be a person that goes to parties and has a couple of drinks and has a nice time, that doesn’t work for me,” he explains. “I’d just rather sit at home and read, or go out to dinner with someone, or talk to someone I love, or talk to somebody that makes me laugh.”
“There’s no shame in enjoying a quiet life. And that’s been the realization of the past few years for me,” Radcliffe tells GQ.
“I’m actually enjoying the fact that I can have a relationship with my girlfriend [Olive Uniacke] where I’m really pleasant and not f—— up totally all the time,” he adds.
Radcliffe can be seen next alongside Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in the final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
The mystery of Pottermore has been solved. In a YouTube announcement, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling described the website as an “online reading experience like no other.” In addition to new information on the world of Harry Potter, the site will feature a tool that allows fans to interact with each other and certain events in the books. New illustrations and all seven of the Harry Potter novels as e-books and will also be included.
“Pottermore will be be built by you, the reader…Pottermore will be the place where fans of any age can share, participate in and rediscover the stories,” Rowling, 45, said.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you,” Rowling added. “Because no author could have asked for a more wonderful, diverse and loyal readership.
One million fans will be chosen to “help shape” Pottermore before it launches in October. Fans can visit Pottermore now to sign up for e-mails about how to register for the opportunity to contribute to the building of the website.
“I wanted to pull it back to the reading, to the literary and story experience … I’ve had a lot to do with virtually every aspect of it,” Rowling told London reporters of Pottermore.
“I have no plans to write another novel. I’m pretty sure I’m done on the novel front … But it was fun while it lasted,” she added.
JK Rowling and Victoria Beckham have been voted Britain’s most influential women, ahead of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Harry Potter author came top of the list, which was compiled by the U.K.’s National Magazine Company, which publishes titles including Harper’s Bazaar and Good Housekeeping.
Singer-turned-fashion designer Beckham took second place, while the British monarch came third.
Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole was fifth, while supermodel Kate Moss also made the top 10.
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Daniel Radcliffe, who has played Harry Potter in the eponymous films based on the popular children’s book series, recently revealed that he is sad that filming for the last film has ended.
Media reports that Rafcliffe said that everyone in the cast was devastated that their stints as characters in the popular movies were coming to an end. He added, however, that the end of the filmsrepresents a new chapter in his career.
Radcliffe presented the Best Featured Actress Award to Scarlett Johansson at Sunday’s 64th annual Tony Awards. He will appear on Broadway in the play “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” next spring.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final Harry Potter film, will be released in two parts, the first of which is scheduled to hit theaters in November.
Source: RTT News