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Oscar Ceremony Will Celebrate James Bond
A tribute to the James Bond films will be included in the Oscar ceremony next month, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise.
"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," said the ceremony's producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement.
"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."
Skyfall, the 23rd and latest film about the suave spy, played by Daniel Craig in his third outing, is breaking box-office records worldwide.
Over the decades a number of 007 films have been nominated for the coveted golden statuettes - albeit generally in technical or minor categories - and there has been talk that Skyfall could draw another nod or two when the nominations are revealed on Thursday.
But in any case Britain's most famous spy is guaranteed a turn in the Oscars spotlight at the 85th Academy Awards show on February 24.
Over Christmas Skyfall became the first film ever to take £100m at the British box office. Globally it has taken more than $1bn (£813m).
And this week the latest Bond, by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, became the first 007 movie to make it onto the shortlist of best film nominees of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).
It joined already Oscar-tipped films like Steven Spielberg's Lincoln and Iran spy drama Argo.
The PGA top prize winner has gone on to the win the Best Picture Oscar 16 times in the last 23 years, the Hollywood Reporter noted. The winners will be announced on January 26.
Few expect Skyfall to win any major Oscar prizes but there has been speculation that it could secure a Best Song nod for Adele's theme tune.
The 1964 film Goldfinger won an Oscar for sound effects, while the following year Thunderball won for special visual effects.
The Oscars will be presented on February 24 at the Hollywood & Highland Centre in LA and televised live in more than 225 countries.