James Bond is going to the Oscars.
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."
"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."
James Bond films have been notoriously disregarded by the Academy Awards. Only "Goldfinger" and "Thunderball" have won Oscars, but in the sound and visual effects categories, respectively. The last James Bond film to receive an Oscar nomination was "For Your Eyes Only" in 1981.
In an ironic twist, however, "Skyfall" -- the biggest Bond film ever, with over $1 billion in global grosses -- stands a very good chance of being singled out by the Oscars. The film received a Producers Guild Award nomination this week, an honor that could be a precursor to a subsequently Best Picture nod.
The Oscars will air on Sunday, Feb. 24 on ABC. Seth MacFarlane will host.