85th Academy Awards to Pay Tribute to James Bond

     January 4, 2013


Last year was James Bond’s 50th anniversary, but Hollywood isn’t quite finished celebrating 007.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that this year’s Oscar ceremony will pay tribute to the film franchise by including a “special sequence”.  It would be very cool if producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron could get all six Bond actors onto the stage, but I get a feeling that Sean Connery would want no part of it.

I also wonder if this tribute dashes any hopes of Skyfall picking up a Best Picture nomination.  Yes, genre movies are always a long shot, but the Academy can nominate up to films for Best Picture, and Skyfall was a critical and box office success.  We’ll have to wait and see how much love Bond gets when nominations are announced on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30am PST.  The Oscars will be held on Feburary 24th.  Hit the jump for the press release.

Here’s the press release:


The 85th Academy Awards® will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the telecast’s producers announced today.

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Starting with ‘Dr. No’ back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.”

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m., PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

About Craig Zadan and Neil Meron

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series and Broadway productions. Their feature films include “The Bucket List,” ”Footloose,” “Hairspray” and “Chicago” — which won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. For television they’ve produced the films “Steel Magnolias,” ”Life with Judy Garland” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others, and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.” They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning ”Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”


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  • Nick

    I wish Connery would wake and smell the roses when it comes to his popularity and legendary status because of James Bond. He needs to acknowledge it and not just for the money.

  • Tmo

    “the Academy can nominate up to films for Best Picture,” I love reading Matt Goldberg articles. I always get a good laugh out of his horrible writing and inefficient editing. Not saying that mine is perfect because its not, but I feel that if you get paid to write you should be able to catch something like this.

  • jackjack

    This means best picture nom for “Skyfall”…

    • amg907

      My thoughts exactly.

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  • RachelSmith77

    I don’t think that this tribute will in any way prevent Skyfall from being nominated for Best Picture. It was a brilliant movie, so even though it is a “genre” film, I think the Academy will acknowledge it with a nomination. A coworker at DISH and I are huge movie buffs, so we have already started compiling our predictions for the awards season. I am so glad that even with my late work schedule; I won’t miss the Oscars or anything else, with my DISH Hopper. I will be putting the 2,000 hours of storage space to good use, recording all of the main events. It helps that I can fast forward through commercials on my recordings, getting me to the winners and tribute quicker. I am glad that even if Skyfall doesn’t get nominated, the Academy is recognizing it in some way.