Why Oscar Snubs Will Help the 'Harry Potter' Stars' Careers

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Daniel Radcliffe arrives at the London premier of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Daniel Radcliffe arrives at the London premier of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

If Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson wanted to extricate themselves from the roles that made them famous, namely Harry Potter, Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, they may just be breathing a sigh of relief this morning. Today was the day that nominations for the upcoming 84th Annual Academy Awards were announced, and the folks who do the picking decided that the only award that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II" should be nominated for is Best Art Direction. While definitely a snub for veteran actor Alan Rickman, who most certainly gave an Oscar worthy performance as Professor Snape throughout the franchise, the lack of nomination for any of the big three stars is probably a blessing in disguise.

Daniel Radcliffe is trying to get out ahead of the curve by starring in a new film , "The Woman in Black." It stars the former "Harry Potter" star as a young widower,and it's billed as a horror or thriller. While the film is a sort of familiar genre for Radcliffe-the supernatural plays a large role in the film-it's a grown up role, and it's one that the actor hopes will separate himself from the Boy Who Lived. He says of his role, " People haven't seen me looking like this before. People haven't seen me playing a father -- all those things are going to help separate it in their mind."

It's a risk that stars run when attaching themselves to iconic film franchises that fans will only accept them in those roles for the rest of their careers. When Mark Hamil stepped into the shoes Luke Skywalker for "Star Wars" back in 1977, he probably didn't think that his career would be altered to the point of not getting much on-camera work after the final film was finished. That's exactly what happened though, and the same thing is possible for the young stars of the "Potter" franchise.

With the Academy deciding to pass on nominating the final "Potter" film for any awards, they may have actually done Radcliffe and his costars a huge favor. While it will be impossible for the three to ever fully remove themselves from the roles they played for about a decade, not being trotted up onto the dais to accept an award for their performances will mean one less time that the world is reminded that they were three wizards once upon a time.

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