February 24, 2013. The 85th Annual Academy Awards already starting up at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles with the red carpet. Tonight’s telecast will honor 50 years of James Bond with a musical offering including Adele singing the theme from the most recent Bond outing, “Skyfall.” The LA Times noted with some chagrin that “Skyfall” deserved more nominations than it got this time around and that a Best Picture nomination was truly deserved.
The reality is that Bond films have always gotten short shrift at the Academy Awards. Out of 7 total previous nominations, Bond films have only won 2 Oscars. However, considering past performance of the Bond franchise, “Skyfall” has outperformed any previous Bond film.
“Skyfall” has a record 5 Oscar nominations including Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Best Original Score (Thomas Newman), Best Original Song (“Skyfall” music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth), Best Sound Editing (Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers) and Best Sound Mixing (Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Stuart Wilson).
It should also be noted that Bond themes were nominated 5 times for Grammy Awards and lost every one. This year, “Skyfall” was not eligible for a Grammy nomination because of its release date; perhaps next year it will be. It is hoped that tonight will bring another win for Adele and for “Skyfall” in addition to more of the above-nominated honors.
Here is a list of previous nominations for the Bond franchise. Even Paul and Linda McCartney couldn’t pull off a win for “Live And Let Die.” The list and who the nominations lost to can be found at The James Bond 007 Museum. It should be noted that these nominations were lost to some really great contenders.
“Goldfinger” (1964) in 1965
- Winner – Best Effects, Sound Effects (Norman Wanstall)
“Thunderball” (1965) in 1966
- Winner – Best Effects, Special Visual Effects (John Stears)
“Diamonds Are Forever” (1971) in 1972
- Nomination – Best Sound (Gordon K. McCallum, John W. Mitchell, Al Overton)
“Live And Let Die” (1973) in 1974
- Nomination – Best Music, Song (Paul and Linda McCartney for “Live and Let Die”)
“The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977) in 1978
- Nomination – Best Art Direction – Set Decoration (Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Hugh Scaife)
- Nomination – Best Music, Original Score (Marvin Hamlisch)
- Nomination – Best Music, Song (Marvin Hamlisch – music, Carole Bayer Sager – lyrics for “Nobody Does it Better”)
“Moonraker” (1979) in 1980
- Nomination – Best Effects, Visual Effects (Derek Meddings, Paul Wilson, John Evans)
“For Your Eyes Only” (1981) in 1982
- Nomination – Best Music, Song (Bill Conti for music, and Mick Leeson for lyrics for “For Your Eyes Only”)
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