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Daniel Radcliffe: ‘Harry Potter Deserved Oscar Recognition’

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.”

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Lady Gaga Could Win Oscar! Named For Best Song Prize

Lady Gaga is in the running for an Oscar after she was named among the nominees for the Best Song prize.

The pop superstar’s duet with Sir Elton John, Hello Hello, from Gnomeo & Juliet, has been included in a long list of 39 songs in competition for gold at the 2012 Academy Awards.
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Mary J. Blige’s track Living Proof, from The Help, is also on the list, along with will.i.am’s Hot Wings, from Rio, and Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley’s duet Collision of Worlds, from Cars2.

Other artists in consideration for the prize include Chris Cornell (The Keeper, from Machine Gun Preacher), actress/singer Zooey Deschanel (So Long, from Winnie the Pooh) and Elvis Costello (Sparkling Day, from One Day).

The list will be whittled down to five main contenders and the final nominees will be announced on January 24th.