Above Instead of Switzerland, itâ€™s Scotland, and Daniel Craig pays homage to Sean Connery in a Skyfall publicity photo.
The 85th Academy Awardsâ€”the Oscarsâ€”will pay tribute to 50 years of the James Bond films, it was announced Friday.
Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement that there will be a special sequence ‘saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday.
â€˜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.’
The six actors who have portrayed Bond in the official franchiseâ€”Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craigâ€”will feature in the sequence.
The Oscars telecast will take place on February 24. Nominations will be announced on January 10 in Los Angeles.
The latest entry in the Eon Productions franchise, Skyfall, has taken over US$1,000 million, with the film still yet to open in China.
The film, directed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes, has overtaken 1965â€™s Thunderball as the highest-grossing Bond film adjusted for inflation.
Since the “reboot” of the franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale, the Bond films have had more critical nods than their predecessors, which were generally acclaimed on their technical merit. In the mid-1960s, Goldfinger won an Oscar for sound effects, while Thunderball won for special visual effects.
Daniel Craig had a BAFTA nomination for Casino Royale, the first Bond actor to achieve this, while Skyfallâ€™s Javier Bardem received a best supporting actor nomination by the Screen Actors’ Guild. Skyfall is on the shortlist of the Producers’ Guild of America’s best film nominees, alongside Lincoln and Argo. The theme song, by Adele and Paul Epworth, could take home a best song Oscar.
The British Academy Awards, the BAFTAs, paid tribute to 50 years of the Bond films last year, with Tom Jones singing the theme song from Thunderball.
Top Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin, Best Actress and Best Actor in the press room at the 84th Academy Awards. Above Jean Dujardin wearing the Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox.
In our Oscar footage from last night, we ﬁrst have Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech, for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Streep, 62, was already the favourite to win after taking a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for her role.
Streep gave an initially humorous, then a very emotional, acceptance speech, thanking her husband ﬁrst. She then thanked her hairstylist and make-up artist Roy Helland. This was her third Academy Award.
Jean Dujardin won Best Actor for silent movie The Artist. He was the ﬁrst Frenchman to win the award, and the ﬁrst actor in a silent movie to win since the Oscars’ ﬁrst year. The Artist also won Best Picture, and its director Michel Hazanavicius took home the Best Director award.
Christopher Plummer, 82, became the oldest acting winner as he took the Best Supporting Actor award for Beginners. Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for The Help.
In our other Oscar highlights, Billy Crystal has a go at celebrity mind-reading as he puts a humorous spin on the lives of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, George Clooney, Viola Davis, Martin Scorsese and Uggie the dog. Robert Downey, Jr presented a documentary pastiche as he and Gwyneth Paltrow presented the award for Best Documentary. Will Ferrell, meanwhile, played the cymbals as he presented with Zach Galiﬁanakis. Emma Stone teased Ben Stiller about his Oscar wardrobe, while Sandra Bullock does her presentation in Germanâ€”and not the claimed Mandarin.
Following on from our Oscar red-carpet gown article, Angelina Jolie bared a lot of leg in her black Versace gown as she gave the Adapted Screenplay prize in our sixth video clip.
Billy Crystal’s Oscar highlights
Meryl Streep wins Best Actress for The Iron Lady
Billy Crystal’s celebrity mind-reading
Jean Dujardin wins Best Actor
The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius thanks Uggie the dog
This year again, the British Consul-General in Los Angeles hosted a bash for principally British stars vying for an Academy Award. Present were Canadian Christopher Plummer (Beginners), (Northern) Irishman Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn) and Englishman Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), all up for Oscar gongs. Janet McTeer, Stephen Daldry, Victoria Beckham and Simon Fuller were among the celebrities invited.
Beckham wore a dress from her own collection.
Also in British entertainment news, Eon Productions has released some behind-the-scenes footage from the new James Bond ﬁlm Skyfall, showing director Sam Mendes at work. Dame Judi Dench, who plays M, says she is sworn to secrecy over the ﬁlm’s details, and would be ‘shot’ if she revealed anything.
British Consul-General’s Oscar party
Skyfall behind-the-scenes footage, and Dame Judi Dench keeps her secrets
Above left Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black dress, designed by Disaya Sorakraikitikul. Above right Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday ivory lace gown, designed by Edith Head.
The late Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black dress is the most talked-about item at Kerry Taylor Auctions, and is expected to raise up to Â£20,000 for the foundation created in her name.
Some of the proceeds will also go to the Winehouse family.
Winehouse wore the chiffon dress, designed by Disaya Sorakraikitikul, on the cover of her album in the UK and Europe (the US had an alternative cover). It was loaned to her before she became a household name.
The dress comes with a letter of authenticity signed by Sorakraikitikul.
The auctioneer notes, ‘Disaya was happy to help as she was launching her new label in the UK and felt that the young, innovative designs would be a good match. The photo shoot took place in the photographer Mischa Richter’s house. Louise [Winwood, Winehouseâ€™s stylist] took over a selection of clothes for Amy to try, and they both agreed that this dress suited her best. After the photo shoot the dress was returned to the designer and carefully stored in the Disaya archive. The album went on to sell over 3Â·2 million copies. In the light of Amy’s untimely death, Disaya has decided that rather than keep the dress stored away, that it should be sold and the money raised used by the Amy Winehouse Foundation to beneﬁt young people in need in the UK and overseas.’
The Passion for Fashion auction takes place at La Galleria, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall on Tuesday, November 29, and also features dresses owned by the Duchess of Windsor, Diana, Princess of Wales, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn’s Edith Head-designed ivory lace gown from Roman Holiday, which she also wore to collect her Oscar in 1954, is expected to go under the hammer at between Â£40,000 and Â£60,000.
Macmillan Cancer Support has held its centenary gala at the London Palladium, with Graham Norton as MC. John Barrowman, Fearne Cotton, Jimmy Osmond and Miranda Hart were on the bill, with numerous celebrities in the audience.
Norton was quoted earlier praising the organization: ‘Macmillan Cancer Support does a truly wondrous job in helping people affected by cancer, so the evening will be a magical celebration for all of us both on stage and in the audience.’
Mischa Richter/Universal Island Records
Above Amy Winehouse as she appeared on the cover of Back to Black in 2006.