For Your Consideration – Best Supporting Actor: Alan Rickman
Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Director: David Yates
Screenplay: Steven Kloves
Realistic Nominations: Art Direction, Cinematography, Sound Editing, Visual Effects, Make up
Oscar Scene: “You have your mother’s eyes”
Alan Rickman brought Professor Severus Snape to life in the Harry Potter series by giving him an eccentric personality, and a vacant way of speaking. He reached the height of his depth when he brought passion, affection, tenderness and feeling to Snape’s character in the final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Throughout the series, Severus Snape is seen as an evil force of the dark lord and a bully to Harry Potter. We are shown brief instances as to why he hates Harry, but during the final installment of the series we begin to realize that it’s not hate he feels towards Harry. Rickman proved the quality of a performance is much more important than the quantity in just a few scenes, which include his death and a very important flashback. In those few scenes we are shown a side to Snape that audiences never saw in the previous films. In a ten minute flashback we see so much love and vulnerability to Snape which makes the audience change their perception of the character.
Rickman delivers a truly poignant and deeply touching revelation of Snape’s true colors. We are given a few scenes in which the audience is given the opportunity to reevaluate their opinion of Snape, and Rickman pulled it off brilliantly and truly captivated the audience.
I loved many things about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but Alan Rickman’s performance was by far my favorite. Consider it when you’re voting people!!!