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article imageBond actors being courted by Oscar; tribute to musicals planned

By Tim O'Brien     Jan 25, 2013 in Entertainment
Beverly Hills - The Oscars could be for Bond - James Bond. No, "Skyfall," will not win the top prize because it is not nominated, but all things Bond are buzzing right now.
According to Vanity Fair, there will be a 50th anniversary tribute to Bond Oscar night.
But, now there is some more Bond buzz brewing. The buzz is getting all the actors who have played James Bond together - at the Oscars. It would be a great idea and a ratings booster.
Since "Skyfall" is the highest-grossing Bind film, that, too, would sit well with viewers. The actors are Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
A sure-fire ratings grabber, however, would be getting as many former Bond girls together - on stage.
Meanwhile, show host Seth MacFarlane, who will host the show, will be the person who does the Bond tribute. He also has released a promotional video. Go here.
Plus, now that Adele will perform "Skyfall" at the 2103 Academy Awards on Feb. 24, it appears as if the other nominees get pushed into the shadows.
Sure, the recent Golden Globe winner, Adele, is surely the front-runner going in, but the Oscar's have also shifted eyes to the song once again. That has not been the case recently. The song category saw diminished returns and their impact on the show, and their movies, took a back seat. Not anymore it seems.
With the musical leanings of the show's producers, Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, that light is back on. Need a little more proof? The academy announced today that the Oscars will include a special celebration of movie musicals of the last ten years. "The musical as a motion picture genre has had a remarkable renaissance in the last decade," said the producers today (Jan. 25).
In a nutshell, here is the quick bio on those those two, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Zadan and Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions. Their feature films include "The Bucket List," "Footloose," "Hairspray" and "Chicago," which won six Academy Awards including Best Picture.
For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” "Life with Judy Garland," and "A Raisin in the Sun," among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.” They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
Nominees for Original Song
"Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice" - Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
"Everybody Needs a Friend" from "Ted" - Music by Walter Murphy/Lyric by Seth MaFarlane
"Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi" - Music by Michael Danna/Lyric by Nombay Jayashri
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall" - Music by lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
"Suddenly" from "Les Missrables" - Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg/Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
"We are excited to showcase three musical films—‘Chicago,’ ‘Dreamgirls’ and ‘Les Misérables’— on our Oscar® show," added Zadan and Meron.
Not only are the producers prolific in the music side of show business, so is the host, MacFarlane. And he is nominated in this category as well. The creator of "Family Guy" puts together some catchy tunes and he can carry more than a tune, too.
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