Harry Potter wins coveted Golden Tomato
IT'S no Oscar or Golden Globe. But boy wizard Harry Potter has just conjured one up -- a Golden Tomato.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows -- Part 2, the top box office draw of 2011, also earned the title of best-reviewed, wide-release movie of 2011. Thus, it took the year's Golden Tomato from movie review website Rotten Tomatoes.
While the thought of winning a Golden Tomato might bring a smile to faces, winning one is a point of pride for filmmakers.
It also signals to studio bosses and producers as to which directors are hot among critics.
Matt Atchity, editor in chief of Rotten Tomatoes, notes that animated movie kingpin Disney/Pixar keeps its Golden Tomatoes in the glass case with its Oscars.
Indeed, Potter producer David Heyman said in a statement that the filmmaking team was "especially appreciative that this award honours the final film in the series."
Deathly Hallows -- Part 2 earned ¤1bn at worldwide box offices and scored a 96pc "fresh," or positive, rating from 273 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
"It is the best reviewed Harry Potter of all. The other ones have had a Golden Tomato for best sci-fi film, but this is the first to win the wide release award," Mr Atchity said.
Brad Pitt-starring baseball film Moneyball was at No 2 on the site, with a 95pc rating, and family comedy The Muppets was at No 3.
Other highlights included Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol with a 94pc positive rating being named the best action/adventure film, and Drive with a score of 93 was the top thriller.