The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced on Friday that the 85th annual Academy Awards ceremony will include a tribute to 007. The secret agent celebrated his 50th anniversary in 2012, marked by the release of "Skyfall."But it looks like Oscar could be doing the franchise one better: It could be nominated for Best Picture come Thursday morning. The biggest indicator of this is Skyfall nabbing a nomination for Best Film from the Producers Guild of America this week, one of a handful of major indicators of a film's chances of gaining a Best Picture nomination.
"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 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."
As someone who's only introduction through Bond comes from the Brosnan/Craig eras and an advocate of having well-made box office blockbusters getting recognition from the stuck-up members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, I'm grateful that they may be finally ready to give the Bond series recognition for becoming a global icon in film history. Granted, I wish they would have given similar treatment to other well-made mainstream films like The Dark Knight or any of the Harry Potter movies, but it's a good freaking start if this happens.