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Looks Like if Any Blockbuster is Getting a 2013 Best Picture Nod It's 'Skyfall'

Academy will pay tribute to the Bond franchise at the 2013 Oscars

Skyfall posterThis morning the Academy announced the 2013 Oscars will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise in celebration of its 50th Anniversary this year. With Skyfall recently passing $1 billion worldwide and receiving one of the ten nominations for the 2013 Producers Guild Awards, perhaps the highest grossing film in the Bond franchise will find a way to be included in more than just the technical awards this year.

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. "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."

Personally I don't think Skyfall has that great a chance, and whatever this tribute entails will surely give the latest Sam Mendes-directed installment its due attention as well as help with the show's ratings as that has become almost more important to the Academy than the films they're awarding.

As for the nominations, I've been predicting them for the last several months and you can see all my current predictions here. Skyfall currently sits at #11 on my list of Best Picture predictions as this announcement comes with a mere hours before the Oscar nominations voting closes tonight at 5 PM PST.

Oscar nominations will be announced next Thursday, January 10, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. I'll be here with those and updating them live as they are announced.

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  • adu

    I would love for Skyfall to be included & Moonrise Kingdom to be knocked out of the best picture nominations.

    • DavidG

      I would be really saddened if that happened.

  • andrew

    i just don't get it. i really didn't think it was that great of a Bond film and i don't understand what all the hooplah is about.

    quick Oscar question: i'm involved in an Awards contest and i really need to know if you guys think Quvenzhané Wallis will still be nominated next week. who/what has the better overall chance of being nominated?:

    Quvenzhané Wallis
    Christoph Waltz
    Moonrise Kingdom (best picture)

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      We'll discuss your question on today's podcast... stay tuned.

      • adu

        Finally a podcast, I must have missed the news that there wasnt going to be one on New Year's Day. Looking forward to it.

    • adu

      For what it's worth, I think Quvenzhané Wallis has the best chance.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    I'd love to see Skyfall nominated, but I think they're doing this because it won't be nominated and they want to honor the franchise in some way. Or they could be doing this for ratings. Either way, I'l still be looking forward to this once the Oscars air.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    I really don't know what to make of this. I was sure Skyfall didn't have a chance at a BP nom. But now it would seem strange to have a whole tribute to the franchise and then NOT nominate it. I suppose after last year they must be desperate for ratings because I have a hard time believing that the Academy loved Skyfall that much.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    This is quite strange and I'd be very surprised if Skyfall was nominated for best picture. Personally I see there being 8 nominations with the usual 10 less The Master and Django.

  • Art

    Doubt it, as it is not the usual best pic nominee type, but it could squeeze in there. Honestly I've yet to watch it, due to money, time, watching other films, etc. I currently have it at #11 in my predictions and think only 8 will make it, but from what I have read it's got better reviews (92%) than many other contenders like Les Miserable, SLP, Life of Pi, and others. It also has like four other predicted nominations (five if Bardem gets nominated, but really doubt it), which is more than other contenders like Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and others. I'm just saying it doesn't sound like a total snub or done for ratings purposes imo.

  • Winchester

    It kind of infers something may be heading Skyfall's way nomination-wise next week but I didn't think it was likely to make the cut.

    I guess though unless they don't plan on having a token Blockbuster nomination then there is a bit of a dearth of options. The Dark Knight Rises seems well out and The Hobbit doesn't look like it's positioning itself even for a Fellowship of the Ring style set of nominations so what else is left?

    I can't think of too much beyond the existing prime candidates.

  • Mr.Jim

    Eh although I enjoyed skyfall I felt the plot was a lot like the dark knight, a good thing and a bad thing at the same time. Im wondering why theres no love for cloud atlas I just watched most of it (I fell asleep due to watching it really late at the end so I can't fully critique) and I have to say I think it was a really good thought out movie that has multiple layers to it. It seems that at least the editing deserves a nod with how the scenes played out through the 6 plots so easily, how many movies go to the next scene through the ending piece of the last scene and do it every minute and make it all work.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Maybe this helps Bardem's chances?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I don't really know what to make of this either. With voting still open, the high-ups (allegedly) don't yet know what films / movies will be nominated. My guess is that this is just a play for ratings, and if the movie is nominated, all the better. What's more telling is that it was nominated by both the SAGs (supporting) and the PGA. I have it tenth on my predictions, but I have it as the second film out after The Master, and ahead of Django.

    Regarding Brad's statement that the Academy seems to place more importance on ratings than films...I don't know that I'd agree with that; I just think they want it both ways. They nominate populist films to get ratings, but only actually give major awards to more highbrow fare. If they really only cared about ratings, films like Inception and Avatar probably would have won Best Picture. I just with that when a very commercial film that also has great artistic merit comes along (Inception comes to mind), they would give those films more of a chance. Of course, while Lincoln is certainly a highbrow film, it's also a studio production (Disney in fact), and if it wins it will be the highest grossing Best Picture winner since The Return of the King.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      See, I don't buy into the notion that they nominate movies for ratings. If they did that, they'd surely nominate TDKR or Avengers. Normally I'd agree that the Bond tribute is just for ratings, but the point you made about the SAG and Producers Guild noms throws me off. It's really hard to say. But I don't know that Skyfall has a better chance than Django. That feels like a stretch.

      • Art

        Exactly, if it does make it, I'm not buying the "it's just for ratings" notion either. Like I mentioned earlier the reviews are better than other contenders and it is predicted to get nominated on more categories than other contenders. Also like you guys mentioned the SAG and PGA support helps

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

          Yeah, if it wasn't for the SAG nom, I'd count it out. However, I predict that Bardem will NOT be nominated, and DiCaprio will.

          • Art

            Yea as I mentioned earlier, I think Leo will get the oscar nomination as well

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

      Well the whole expansion to ten films was for ratings. If there were still only five nominees, no one would even mention Skyfall as a contender for a BP nomination. The expansion to ten films is the ONLY reason films like The Blind Side, District 9, Inglourious Basterds, Up, Inception, Toy Story 3, and The Help (just to name a few) were nominated for BP. Now that being said, voters do seem to have some arbitrary set of standards that is tied to general public opinion of popular films...hence you won't see films like The Avengers or TDKR nominated...TDKR was too polarizing and generally accepted as a letdown from its predecessor, and The Avengers is pure, empty-headed popcorn escapism. Skyfall has been almost universally praised (I personally didn't care for it), has an Oscar winning director and two Oscar winners in its cast. And that $1 billion sure doesn't hurt. It just seems to have whatever arbitrary level of "pedigree" that voters look for when nominating populist films. As far as the PGA and SAG go...the PGA expanded to ten just as the Academy did, and tend to show similar biases in their voting (not surprising considering most PGA members are probably Academy members). Same goes for SAG...the expansion to ten has made it more acceptable to vote for performances in populist films. And don't cite Heath Ledger because Bardem's performance in Skyfall doesn't come within a million miles of Ledger's. Honestly I think is only in as a fallback so voters could flip a giant bird to Tarantino.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        Sure, the 10 BP noms were a response to TDK snub and an attempt to get more ratings. But I don't think the Academy makes a conscious effort to include films that they weren't really that crazy about just to get ratings. This is entirely baseless, of course, since there's no way to back this assumption up; it's just a feeling I have. I think the expansion to 10 just meant that more of their favorite films got in. I don't think they really care if people thought "this movie should've been nominated" or "that movie should've been nominated." I think in their minds, they know best and everyone else would be smart to appreciate their good taste.

  • JN Films

    Fact: The TDKR is better then Skyfall. If Skyfall gets nominated for best picture I will boycott the oscars this year

    • Jake17

      You realize saying fact in front of something doesn't make it a fact, right?

      • Art

        Lol

      • JN Films

        I'm laughing too. You're probably a bond fan and don't realize that TDKR was better in almost every single category