When veteran costume designer Coleen Atwood took to the stage last night to collect the Oscar for her team’s work on ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’, it was something of a landmark.
As hard as it might be to fathom, it was the first Oscar ever for a movie in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter cinematic universe.
Atwood herself has won four times – the others being for ‘Chicago’ in 2002′, ‘Memoirs of of a Geisha’ in 2005 and ‘Alice In Wonderland’ in 2010 – but Rowling’s movie adaptations have sadly always been the bridesmaid, never the bride.
Despite being the second highest-grossing movie franchise of all time – behind the Marvel movies – until last night it had never taken home a single statue.
And it was not for a lack on nominations, either.
‘The Philosopher’s Stone’ scored three nominations (including one for John Williams’ now classic soundtrack), ‘The Prisoner of Azakaban’ got two, while ‘The Goblet of Fire’ and ‘Half-Blood Prince’ just got one each.
Even the final movies in the series, ‘The Deathly Hallows’ parts one and two, received five in all, but still went home empty handed.
But it was down to Atwood’s work that Rowling can now count add an Oscar to the trophy cabinet.
And about time too.