This is a good time for agent 007, James Bond, first, in 2012 the spy turned 50 and celebrated with the release of the latest installment in the successful franchise, based on the story by Ian Fleming. Skyfall became the biggest grossing of all its predecessors reaching $1 billion, yes with a B, in sales.
So the big question is whether Skyfall deserves a nomination. The movie not only did very well at the box office, but received positive reviews from critics and the public at large. This would be the chance to finally get a Best Picture Oscar nomination for the long running franchise, and possibly even the award. The nods they’ve gotten in the past are for technical awards and music.
‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ leads with the most nominations in 1977, and Bond has only received two Oscars, Goldfinger for sound effects and Thunderball for visual effects, both in the 1960s. In the music category this year’s chances at a nomination are good. British sensation Adele performs the title song and it’s a good one. I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t receive a nomination.
The movie has already received a Best Picture nomination from the Producers Guild Awards, which was unexpected and it has also been announced by Oscars’ producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron that: “We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday. 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.”
Bond fans rejoice! This should be quite entertaining and it only remains to be seen if we will have all actors that have played the legendary spy up on stage. I say it only begs to oblige!
Skyfall is the 23rd Bond movie and is directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (‘American Beauty’) and cinematographer Roger Deakins has been nominated nine times, but has never won. Will this be the time that 007 receives one of the most important awards in the movie industry? Will Daniel Craig be nominated?
Many questions remain to be answered and we will be closely watching when The Academy makes its choices, it must be noted that the competition this year is particularly strong, but I believe the movie certainly has what it takes.