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Oscars to pay tribute to James Bond's 50th anniversary

Skyfall

Story by Jack Foley

THE Oscars are to pay tribute to 007’s 50th anniversary.

In a statement released by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of this February’s Oscars ceremony, the pair described James Bond as “the longest-running motion picture franchise in history, and a beloved global phenomenon”.

It added: “We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday.”

The move comes as Skyfall, the 23rd 007 adventure, continues to make headlines by becoming the first James Bond movie in history to be nominated for the top prize at the Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards. Read more

It is also the first to surpass the £100 million mark at the UK box office and the first to surpass $1 billion at the global box office.

The Oscars ceremony takes place on February 24 and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of hit US TV comedy animation series Family Guy and this year’s box office hit Ted.

Speculation is also mounting that Skyfall could become the first Bond movie to secure Oscar nominations in categories for acting, directing, screenplay and film – rather than just technical ones.

There is widespread support for Daniel Craig to be recognised for his portrayal of 007, as well as Dame Judi Dench for Q and Javier Bardem as the villain of the piece. Sam Mendes could also be in contention as director.

Bardem has already secured a nomination at the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards, although Sykfall failed to feature among the Golden Globe nominations.

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