The 85th annual Academy Awards telecast, which will air on February 24 on ABC, will feature a celebration of 50 years of the James Bond film franchise
Academy Award producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced news of the tribute Friday, The Associated Press reports. They described James Bond as the "longest-running film franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.
Zadan and Meron have not divulged any details of what is planned for the tribute.
Skyfall, the newest Bond film has made $1 billion worldwide, which is a franchise record. According to The LA Times, it is a strong contender in several technical categories, and has the strongest change of any Bond film in history of taking home an Oscar for best picture, EW reports.
The only James Bond films to win Oscars have been Goldfinger and Thunderball, the Huff Post reports. Each film won in the sound and visual effects categories, respectively. The last Bond film to be nominated for an Oscar was For Your Eyes Only in 1981.
Javier Bardem is nominated for a Screen Actor's Guild Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his portrayal as Silva in Skyfall, and it was announced earlier this week that the film's producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are nominated for the Outstanding Producer Award of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the Producer Guild Awards.
Nominations for the 85th Annual Academy Awards will be announced on January 10, The AP reports.
Whether Skyfall takes home an Oscar on February 24 or not, the evening promises to be a huge night for the writers, actors, producers, and fans of the James Bond franchise.
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Bond through the years: (From left) Sean Connery as James Bond in "From Russia With Love" (1963). David Niven as James Bond in Bond spoof based loosely on Ian Flemming's story, "Casino Royale" (1967). Roger Moore as James Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). George Lazenby as James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969). Timothy Dalton as James bond in "Licence to Kill" (1989). Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in "Golden Eye" (1995). Daniel Craig as James Bond in "Casino Royale." (2006).