Daniel Radcliffe has accused the Academy Awards of 'snobbery' by overlooking all eight of the Harry Potter films throughout the years. Despite the films' huge success in box offices around the world and the Oscar nominations in the technical categories, they have never been nominated for Best Actor/Actress, or even Best Picture.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Radcliffe said: '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 going, 'Why is this nominated and we're not?' I was slightly miffed. There's a certain amount of snobbery... It's kind of disheartening. I never thought I'd care.' However, he concedes: 'How much of a pat on the back do we really need? We get paid stupid amounts of money.'
For ten years of his life, Radcliffe played the title character in the series of films, making him one of the richest young actors in the industry. The series is highest-grossing film series of all-time, according to the website Box Office Mojo. In 2011, the UK film industry even saw a boost, thanks in part to the release of the seventh film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
Radcliffe's new film, The Woman In Black, is his first 'post-Potter' film and is a box office success in the US, making it the most successful Hammer film (taking in £13m in its opening weekend). Prior to the release of the film, Radcliffe admitted to the Radio Times: 'I've never experienced this before. With Potter you basically knew that people were going to like it.'