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Film Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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In 2001, Chris Columbus released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, based on the 1997 novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Ian Hart, John Hurt, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, and Julie Walters, the film grossed $974.8 million at the box office.


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Nominated for

Academy Awards

  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Music, Original Score

BAFTA Awards

  • Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
  • BAFTA Children's Award for Best Feature Film
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Robbie Coltrane)
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Sound
  • Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
  • Best Make Up/Hair

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards

  • Best Fantasy Film
  • Best Supporting Actor (Robbie Coltrane)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Maggie Smith)
  • Best Performance by a Young Actor (Daniel Radcliffe)
  • Best Performance by a Young Actor (Emma Watson)
  • Best Director
  • Best Make-Up
  • Best Special Effects

AFI Awards

  • Digital Effects Artist of the Year

Amanda Awards

  • Best Foreign Feature Film

American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards

  • Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic
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Art Directors Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Production Design Award for Period or Fantasy Film

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

Awards of the Japanese Academy

  • Best Foreign Film

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Favorite Film Franchise (For Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2)
  • Best Young Actor/Actress (Daniel Radcliffe)
  • Best Composer

DVD Exclusive DVD Premiere Awards

  • Best Overall New Extra Features, New Release

Empire Awards

  • Best Film
  • Best Debut (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson)

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Animation/Family

Grammy Awards

  • Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentation

Kids' Choice Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Movie

Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing - Foreign Film

MTV Movie Awards

  • Breakthrough Male Performance (Daniel Radcliffe)

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Youth Performance (Rupert Grint)
  • Best Youth Performance (Daniel Radcliffe)
  • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Official Film Website (For the official Harry Potter website)\

People's Choice Awards

  • Favorite Movie Fan Following (Potterheads)

PGA Awards

  • Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Youth Performance (Emma Watson)
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Newcomer (Daniel Radcliffe)

Satellite Awards

  • Best Youth DVD (Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection
  • Best DVD Extras (For "Harry Potter Years 1-4")

Golden Satellite Awards

  • Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Art Direction

Teen Choice Awards

  • Film - Choice Movie, Drama/Action Adventure

Young Artist Awards

  • Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor (Tom Felton)
  • Best Family Feature Film - Drama

Awards won

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards

  • Best Costumes

Art Directors Guild Awards

  • Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Second Place - Best Original Score

BMI Film & TV Awards

  • BMI Film Music Award

Bogey Awards

  • Bogey Award in Titanium

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Family Film - Live Action

Casting Society of America Artios Awards

  • Best Casting for Feature Film, Comedy

Costume Designers Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Period/Fantasy Film

Empire Awards

  • Special Award (The Harry Potter films for outstanding contribution to British cinema)

Evening Standard British Film Awards

  • Best Technical/Artistic Achievement

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Most Overrated Movie of the Year

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Sierra Awards

  • Best Family Film

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Family Film

Publicists Guild of America Awards

  • Maxwell Weinberg Award - Motion Picture

Satellite Awards

  • Special Achievement Award - Outstanding New Talent (Rupert Grint)

Young Artist Awards

  • Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress (Emma Watson)


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