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  25 February 2013

Two Oscar wins for Skyfall including Best Original Song!

Adele performs 'Skyfall' at the 85th Academy Award Ceremony in Los Angeles

ABOVE (main picture) Adele performs 'Skyfall' at the 85th Academy Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. (top left) Dame Shirley Bassey sings 'Goldfinger' during the James Bond 50th Anniversary tribute. (top right) Adele Adkins with her Oscar.

25 February 2013 - Los Angeles
Adele has won the Oscar for Best Original Song for Skyfall, the first Academy Award presented to a James Bond film in 47 years.

Skyfall, which failed to top the official UK singles chart, also becomes the first Bond theme to win an Oscar. Co-writer Adele had earlier given her first ever live performance of the 23rd Bond song in front of a packed Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Choking back tears, Adele thanked her co-writer and producer, Paul Epworth for "believing in me all the time". The 50th Anniversary of the James Bond franchise was celebrated by a montage of clips introduced by Bond Girl Halle Berry, and a live performance of 'Goldfinger' by Dame Shirley Bassey.

Skyfall was also joint winner in the sound editing category (a rare tie shared with Zero Dark Thirty), with the award being presented to Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers.

Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth win the Oscar for Best Original Song for Skyfall

ABOVE: Adele and co-writer Paul Epworth win the Oscar for Best Original Song for Skyfall.

  16 February 2013

Skyfall wins 'Outstanding British Film' at 2013 BAFTAs

At the BAFTA ceremony held on 10th February at London's Royal Opera House, Skyfall was presented with two awards. The first was for Outstanding British Film; director Sam Mendes, writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and producers Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli were on hand to receive the award.

In his acceptance speech co-producer Michael G. Wilson said that "Skyfall was conceived 60 years ago when Ian Fleming wrote the first James Bond novel. It was born 50 years ago, when 'Cubby' Broccoli and Harry Saltzman produced the first film. And since then it has been nurtured by a whole host of directors, actors, cast and crew, so that today James Bond is loved throughout the world and it is on behalf of those filmmakers that Barbara and I accept this award."

Director Sam Mendes said that "1,292 people worked on this movie and I stand here on behalf of all of them. We all had very high expectations for the film, and it's think fair to say all of them have been exceeded and this really is the icing on the cake. So thank you very much BAFTA".

Mendes added, "There are two people I want to say a special thank you to. I want to say thank you to the person around whom we built this movie and without whom the movie could not happen, and that of course is Daniel Craig [applause]. For his bravery and his brilliance and his friendship and his sheer bloody mindedness. And last, but by no means least, I want to say thank you to someone who's not here, to the great Ian Fleming who, 60 years ago, almost to the day, sat down and wrote: "He was a secret agent and still alive, thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession." Here’s to the next 50 years, thank you very much."

Skyfall co-writer Robert Wade, director Sam Mendes [holding the award for Outstanding British Film], co-producers Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson and co-writer Neal Purvis at the 2013 BAFTAs.

ABOVE: (left) L-R Skyfall co-writer Robert Wade, director Sam Mendes [holding the award for Outstanding British Film], co-producers Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson and co-writer Neal Purvis at the 2013 BAFTAs. (right) Thomas Newman accepts his BAFTA for best original music for Skyfall.

Composer Thomas Newman was also honoured with the award for Best Original Music for Skyfall. In his acceptance speech he said  "...a big shout out to Monty Norman and the late John Barry for that iconic theme which always makes everyone get up and smile..."


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