February 24, 2013: Last night at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, CA, "Skyfall" won 2 Oscars out of its 5 nominations: Best Original Song ("Skyfall" music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth), and Best Sound Editing (Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers). The film is the most nominated of any previous Bond films and now has the most Oscars.
"Skyfall" was nominated for 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. Some of Bond's best-loved themes by Shirley Bassey were never even nominated! This year, "Skyfall" was not eligible for a Grammy nomination because of its late release date; perhaps next year it will be. Given that Adele already won a Golden Globe this for the theme from "Skyfall," it seemed like this would be in the bag.
The Oscars promised a special tribute to Bond, however, it was far too short to sum up 50 years, even if it included Shirley Bassey singing her hit, "Goldfinger." The 75-year-old was in top form. The only consolation was knowing that Adele would be giving a winning performance of "Skyfall" later in the evening and possibly bringing home some gold statues.
Adele's vocal break of last year suited her very well. Jennifer Lawrence introduced her as, "the unstoppable Adele." Her riveting performance of "Skyfall" sounded even better than the recording. Adele's characteristic emoting as she gave kisses to all the presenters, teared up, and passed off the thanks to Paul Epworth as they accepted their Oscars was priceless.
When Barbra Streisand sang in honor of composer Marvin Hamlisch, she chose to sing the theme from the film, "The Way We Were" which garnered her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and won an Oscar for Best Original Song. However, Hamlisch also wrote "Nobody Does It Better," the Bond theme for "The Spy Who Loved Me" as well as the entire original score. Both were nominated and lost. While it would have been a nice ode to Bond, and wonderful to hear "Nobody Does It Better" coming from Streisand lips, she chose the song which meant the most to her as a long-time collaborator with Hamlisch.
While 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, it was far better to bring home two statutes. It is doubtful that "Skyfall" would have won in the Best Picture category, no matter how much Bond fans may love it.
For a complete list of the nominees and winners, please check out oscar.go.com/nominees.
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