Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy won best British film, thriller and best actor for Gary Oldman while BAFTA-snubbed actress Olivia Colman was honoured for her work in Paddy Considine's Tyrannosaur. The Best Acting Newcomer awards went to rising Brit stars Tom Hiddleston (for Thor) and Felicity Jones (for Like Crazy).
The Awards were voted on by the Brit movie magazine's readers, and it's not a stretch to say that the results reflected a wide-ranging taste. See photos of the winners, as well as special guests including Olivia Wilde, James McAvoy and more.
Though he started off as a chubby introverted wizard who was constantly told he wasn't good enough, Neville Longbottom had the last laugh when he destroyed the last Horcrux during the Battle of Hogwarts and proved himself to be a worthy warrior in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
In this exclusive scene from the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Blu-ray , actor Matthew Lewis explains the role the Sword of Gryffindor has played in Harry Potter from its first mention to its eventual place in the hands of his character as he vanquishes the evil Voldemort.
Check out the clip after the jump!
It's been a decade of spells, magic wands, Horcruxes, maroon-and-gold scarves and wizarding, and it all ended in an epic battle between good and evil this summer when Harry Potter finally faced Voldemort.
But thanks to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a whimsical theme park inside Universal Studios in Orlando, and the release of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 DVD and Blu-ray, fans of the boy wizard (Daniel Radcliffe) and his pals Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) don't have to say goodbye just yet. Better yet, they can dive into hours of special features, find out little-known franchise secrets and see for themselves how the big battle at Hogwarts was filmed.
We were lucky enough to sit down with a handful of Harry Potter cast members to talk about what fans can expect from the DVD and what it feels like to say goodbye.
Watch the interview after the jump!
The boy who lived had his last adventure this summer but it's not time to bid goodbye just yet. With the upcoming November 11 DVD and Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, a treasure trove of unseen footage, candid interviews, making-of videos and behind-the-scenes action will allow fans of the bespectacled boy wizard to continue to spend time with their favourite characters.
And we've got a special treat just for you.
Watch the EXCLUSIVE clip after the jump!
It's not often that Harry Potter, Pee Wee Herman and Robert Downey, Jr. are honoured on the same stage but when it comes to the Scream Awards, Spike TV's annual appreciation of horror fantasy and sci-fi, an eclectic group of winners is somehow perfectly fitting.
Held on a spectacular stage built on the Universal Studios backlot, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 walked away the big winner of the night, with the film franchise picking up the Ultimate Scream award and Harry lead Daniel Radcliffe scoring the Best Fantasy Actor award, accepting via pre-recorded message from New York.
In addition to Scream winners, a slew of famous faces made appearances to promote various upcoming projects, including George Lucas who presented Darth Vader with the Ultimate Villain award and chatted about his films' February 3D release.
Selena Gomez conjured five wins at the Teen Choice Awards - one more than boyfriend Justin Bieber.
The star of "Wizards of Waverly Place" was selected as choice TV actress, female hottie and music group with her band The Scene. Gomez and her ensemble were also awarded the choice single trophy for "Who Says" and love song for "Love You Like a Love Song," which the 19-year-old actress-singer performed at Sunday's freewheeling fan-favorite ceremony.
"This is for all of you guys," Gomez told the screeching crowd. "This isn't mine."
Bieber, Gomez's 17-year-old actor-singer boyfriend, picked up four surfboard-shaped trophies as choice male music artist, male hottie, twit and TV villain for his "CSI" guest starring role. Other multiple winners included "The Vampire Diaries," ''Glee," The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Swift.
Warner Bros. estimates that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 took in $168.6 million domestically from Friday to Sunday. That beats the previous best opening weekend of $158.4 million, also held by Warner Bros. for 2008's Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight.
The Harry Potter finale also set a record for best opening day domestically Friday with $92.1 million.
With this week's opening of The Deathly Hallows, the final chapter in the Harry Potter franchise – arguably one of the top three film franchises of all time – I couldn't help but think back to some other notable series that are iconic and part of what defined their era(s). These five notable film franchises all have a few things in common: they have and will continue to stand the test of time; quotes from the films have become ingrained in our vernacular; and situations from each have been satirized over and over again. So, without further adieu, here are my picks for five notable film franchises.
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