Rotten Tomatoes editor predicts 'Harry Potter' Oscar love, talks Adam Carolla's new gig as a film critic


During promotions for Rotten Tomatoes’ new weekly online series Adam Carolla’s Rotten Tomatoes Review, Tomatoes’ Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity spoke with EW about what it was like to work with the “rowdy” funnyman and shared some of his picks for the buzziest films of fall and Oscars 2012. For starters, he thinks 2012 is going to be a golden year for the Harry Potter franchise. See what else he say on everything from Potter to 3-D to other Oscar picks below: 

On his new co-host, Atchity said, “Adam’s rowdy, he’s funny, and he’s very opinionated…. He sort of fulfills that role of being the Everyman, the voice of the people.” Atchity did admit he appreciates the chance to express his own opinions (and boy does he have a few — keep reading), since his day job usually calls for him to serve as the herald of others’. He hopes more celebrities will follow in Carolla’s footsteps and bring their own two cents to Rotten Tomatoes. “The great thing about working with somebody like Adam is that it opens all kinds of doors.” See the first installment of Adam Carolla’s Rotten Tomatoes Review here.

But first! One of Atchity’s opinions focused squarely on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows–Part 2: “Harry Potter’s definitely going to be seen as one of the biggest movies of the year,” said Atchity. “And I think that’ll get reflected at Oscar time. We’re going to see some Oscar nominations. As we all know, the Academy votes with their hearts as much as anything else, and there will be some last-chance nominations that happen with that one.” He suspected the film could even get some acting nods.

What other films have a shot? He thought there were a few “hidden gems,” including Moneyball and Warrior. “I’d be really disappointed if we didn’t see nominations for both Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy [from Warrior],” he said. He’s also looking forwarding to upcoming Brit espionage flick Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and David Fincher’s version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. “I hope that we get a similar thing to Let the Right One In and [its English-language remake] Let Me In, where they actually managed to make a really solid, really exciting remake of a movie that had only been out about a year earlier.”

Perhaps Atchity’s biggest prediction of all was for the impending demise of 3-D. “The elephant in the room of the movie industry is that people are going to less movies,” he said. “[The reason] why we’re getting so many 3-D movies is because theater owners are desperate to get people out to the theaters for an experience that can’t be replicated at home.” But with news that those nose-pinching specs will not longer be subsidized as of next summer, Atchity is hopeful that “we’re starting to see people abandon 3-D. I’d love to see us collectively, as a society, stop going to 3-D movies that are needlessly in 3-D.”

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  • moasey

    I’m sorry but “Let Me In” was not nearly half as scary or half as good as the original Swedish film, “Let The Right One In”. It was a very unnecessary remake IMHO.

    • mm

      loved Let Me In far more than Swedish original. Don’t get me wrong LTROI was great but I liked the remake much more

    • David

      It wasn’t a remake. It was a new adaptation of John Ajvide Linqvist’s book, and it had some scenes from the swedish film, which he wrote the screenplay. And he said that both we’re brilliant adaptations from his book, not remake.

  • austinb64

    I’m pessemistic about a Best Picture nomination for “Harry Potter”. I think there will just too many “serious-minded adult pictures” that the Academy will feel safer voting for.

    • Q

      I think if there were going to be 10 nominations for Best Picture this year, then I’d be confident of Harry Potter making it in. But since the Academy is doing it differently this year, I’m not quite as confident.

    • lily

      The sad part is; the unbelievable part, really, I should say, is that people actually don’t see that DH2 was absolutely and entirely a “serious-minded, adult picture” The last several movies were very dark and when you have adult characters making such tragic decisions to win the war; or to give up your whole life to preserve a love now lost… that gets adult QUITE fast. HP is brilliant. Time to boycott the Oscars

  • Nikita

    I would really like it if Harry Potter 7 got nominated for more than just technical categories in the Oscars. It is always one of the best reviewed films.

    • Hv

      No idea if it will happen, but if nothing else I would really like to see Alan Rickman get nominated for HP.

  • Blech

    Ugh, just when I thought we were finally done with Carolla they have to bring him back. Stop it. Can’t we get rid of him for good like we did Tom Green and Pauly Shore already?

    • lisa g.

      Omg ITA ! can’t stand this arrogant racist bast ard.

  • dee123

    Alan Rickman might get an Oscar????

  • die_da

    I so hope that the great acting of the english cast in the Potter movies gets a nod… Rickman’s Snape is such a well crafted character that I wonder if and how he influenced Rowlings writing in the later books.
    I mean seriously Rickman should’ve gained his laurels years ago for his Gruber Hans.

  • Q

    I really think Harry Potter is worthy of some nominations. It’d be great if it grabbed nominations for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Alan Rickman, as well as in some technical categories. People like to discredit the HP franchise because it’s fantasy and it’s “for kids,” but these have been some very well-made, well-acted, highly emotional films. If movies like Avatar can get nominated, then there’s no reason for Harry Potter to be snubbed.

    • Herman

      Best Picture, are you f-ing kidding me?!

  • Herman

    If “Harry Potter” gets nominations, that would be such a f*cking joke. I didn’t see the last installment, nor have I seen the other ones for that matter. I don’t want to, either. There was an Oscar worthy picture that came out three years ago that was snubbed and got no recognition whatsoever: it was called “The Dark Knight.” Is that why they expanded the category of films from five to ten, or whatever? Why the f*ck didn’t those a$$holes do that when TDK came out so that it could be considered?

    • A

      If you haven’t seen the movie then you are really in no position to judge whether or not it is worthy of a best picture nomination, now are you?

    • A

      Oh yeah, DK got “not recognition whatsoever?” It got 8 nominations and won 2 Oscars including one for Supporting Actor.

  • SH

    Herman if you havn’t even seen the movies you have no point to comment . I agree with Q, Harry Potter has as much quality, if not more (story) as Avatar. I fact Avatars lead actor had no better acting ability than the three young HP leads. And he got an Oscar nod. The Academy needs to broaden it;s scope (including TDK) , It is pathetic that great oscar winning movies from years ago would probably not be considered by those snobs today.

  • marauder

    Fingers crossed for Harry Potter! A best picture nomination would be awesome!

  • Lalaland

    @SH No actor in Avatar got any nod.

    HP7.2 is a genre film more than a kiddie film. It will have a difficult time regardless of its acclaim to be recognized by the Academy.

  • may

    Can’t see the Brit portion of the Academy backing HP over Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for Best Picture. The latter is a far superior film in all aspects, except maybe the adult actors. And without the full Brit support, those two films may struggle against the other pictures this year that have Hollywood darlings eg your Clooney/Pitt/Di Caprio/Eastwood.

    Also, HP never got the type of love from the Academy as LOTR did for genre pics. Alan Rickman may sneak in but that category is immensely crowded this year.

  • Jon

    Toy Story 3 got nomminated for best picture, and your telling me that HP won’t because its too “Kiddie”?

    • A

      Toy Story 3 and Up were able to get in because there were 10 nominees in those years. Had there been 5 nominees, they wouldn’t have had a chance and would have been unfairly relegated to the Best Animated film ghetto. Just like what happened to Wall-E in 2008.

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