After 50 years the James Bond franchise is finally getting its due with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences!
Producers of this year’s Academy Awards revealed this morning that in honor of Bond’s milestone achievement, this year’s ceremony will include a special tribute to 007.
In a statement Oscar helmers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron praised the popular film franchise which has seen a major resurgence as of late.
"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."
2012 was a banner year for Bond as the film series’ 23rd installment “Skyfall,” has crushed its box office competition. A certifiable billion dollar film, the action thriller is also (surprisingly) a major dark horse threat for nominations in multiple categories. While the most realistic chance for a nod is probably in the cinematography race, latest Bond villain Javier Bardem has had a strong showing in many of the Oscar precursors and could be the first actor from the series to ever secure a nomination.
Over the franchise’s run a total of six men have officially played the most well-known member of her majesty’s secret service and today’s announcement has left many wondering if the Academy could try for a first of its kind on-screen reunion of Bond’s portrayers which would definitely make it a even more memorable evening.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards airs February 24th on ABC.
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