Wizarding World Alumni Projects Scoop Prizes at Industry Award Ceremonies

Awards season looks a little different this year. Sure, there are no red carpets and fancy outfits, but there’s still lots to be excited about when it comes to movies and TV shows starring Wizarding World alumni.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (starring Eddie Redmayne, Newt Scamander) and Mank (starring Gary Oldman, Sirius Black) are leading the way both in nominations and awards. There has also been recognition of Wizarding World stars on the small screen, including The Queen’s Gambit (starring Harry Melling, Dudley Dursley), The Crown (starring Helena Bonham Carter, Bellatrix Lestrange), and Bridgerton (starring Freddie Stroma, Cormac McLaggen).

With the Academy Awards and BAFTA Film Awards just around the corner, let’s take a look at some of the award ceremonies that have already taken place this year. The following awards celebrate not only the stars in front of the camera but also those working behind the scenes to bring movies and TV shows to life. So grab your fanciest outfit/dress robes/pair of pajamas, and let’s delve into the results!



Producers Guild of America Awards - March 24, 2021

The Producers Guild of America Awards, held on March 24, honors the best in movie and TV production. This year's virtual ceremony saw wins for two Netflix staples that feature Harry Potter alumni. The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television - Drama went to The Crown, which stars Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) as Princess Margaret. The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television was awarded to The Queen's Gambit, which stars Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) as the chess-loving Harry Beltik.

The PGA Awards also had other links to the Wizarding World and the wider fandom. The night saw award presentations from none other than Eddie Redmayne, who has recently finished filming his latest outing as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts 3, and Darren Criss, who, among his many movie and TV roles, played Harry in StarKid Productions' A Very Potter Musical series.


AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards - March 28, 2021

AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards, which advocates for talent and viewers over 50, took place on March 28. Nine Wizarding World alumni projects were up for awards across 11 categories, totaling 13 nominations, including Best Movie, Best Actor, and Best Series. Sadly, only four of those nominations were converted into prizes on the night, but it's always an honor to be nominated!

The Trial of the Chicago 7 took home the awards for Best Director and Best Screenwriter but lost out on the award for Best Movie for Grownups to the biopic The United States vs. Billie Holiday. The Queen's Gambit was awarded Best TV Movie/Limited Series, and Mank, starring Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), won Best Time Capsule.

Both Oldman and Ralph Fiennes (Voldermort) lost out on Best Actor for their roles in Mank and The Dig, respectively. The accolade instead went to Anthony Hopkins for his work in The Father. Gemma Chan's (Madam Zhou) comedy Let Them All Talk lost out on Best Buddy Picture, and Mads Mikkelsen's (Gellert Grindelwald) Another Round missed out on Best Foreign Language Film. Emma, starring Callum Turner (Theseus Scamander) and Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), failed to scoop Best Grownup Love Story, and despite success at the PGA Awards, The Crown didn't manage to pick up the award for Best Series. Action-adventure movie News of the World, which features a score by Fantastic Beasts composer James Newton Howard, lost out on Best Screenwriter to The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards - April 3, 2021

Held on April 3, the Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS) acknowledges the work of the talented professionals who bring characters to life on the big screen, on the small screen, and onstage.

Six alumni projects were nominated across seven awards: Bridgerton (starring Freddie Stroma, Cormac McLaggen), The Crown, Killing Eve (starring Fiona Shaw, Petunia Dursley), Lovecraft Country (starring Wunmi Mosaku, Beryl), Mank, and The Queen's Gambit. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child also picked up a nomination in the Best Hair Styling (Theatrical Productions (Live Stage)) category. On the night, there were wins for Bridgerton and The Queen's Gambit. Bridgerton took home Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling (Television Series, Television Limited or Miniseries or Television New Media Series), and The Queen's Gambit scooped Best Period and/or Character Make-Up (Television Series, Television Limited or Miniseries or Television New Media Series).



Screen Actors Guild Awards - April 4, 2021

There's always a lot of buzz around the Screen Actors Guild Awards, better known as the SAG Awards. The ceremony is often considered a reliable indicator of which movies will do well at the Academy Awards, but let's not get carried away with Oscar fever! Instead, let's celebrate the Wizarding World alumni and their projects who were recognized at the hour-long SAG ceremony.

Bridgerton, The Crown, News of the World, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and Gary Oldman received nominations across four categories. The Trial of the Chicago 7 was awarded Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Bridgerton beat out The Crown to win Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.


With the BAFTA Film Awards less than a week away and the Academy Awards set to take place on April 26, make sure to check back in with MuggleNet to see which Wizarding World alumni and their projects scoop the top prizes.


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Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!