"Skyfall" failed to earn a nomination for Best Picture, but that doesn't mean the 85th annual Academy Awards were without 007.
To honor 50 years of James Bond, Oscars producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron put together a special James Bond Oscars tribute of the famed and fictional secret agent. Singer Shirley Bassey, who recorded the theme songs from Bond favorites "Goldfinger," "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Moonraker," performed on the telecast.
Halle Berry, a Bond Girl herself, introduced the tribute, making sure to mention Bond staples, including martinis, exotic cars and Pussy Galore. "Bond music is a genre all its own, guaranteed to make your heart beat faster and take your breath away," she said.
After a montage of some of the best Bond moments in history, Bassey took the stage and belted out "Goldfinger."
"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," Zadan and Meron had previously said 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."
In the weeks before the show, there had been speculation that the James Bond Oscars tribute would include past James Bond actors, from Daniel Craig to original 007 Sean Connery. (In all, five men have played James Bond, with George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan being the others.)
Before the broadcast Brosnan shot that idea down, telling press that he wouldn't be attending the show. "They'll be missing one," Brosnan allegedly told the Press Association earlier this month when asked about the prospect of a Bond reunion at the Oscars.
The Oscars were all about James Bond this year, as "Skyfall" earned five Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Song for the film's title track. Adele, who sings "Skyfall," was expected to win an Oscar -- the first for the Bond franchise since "Thunderball."
For more on the Oscars' 2013 ceremony, including a full list of Academy Awards winners, check out the live blog below.
02/25/2013 1:18 AM EST
Good Night, And Good Luck
02/25/2013 1:07 AM EST
Ben Affleck Is Not Into Oscar Punditry
From backstage at the Oscars:
When did you feel a tipping point in your favor for this film?
Clooney: Michelle Obama.
Ben: When they gave us the trophies I was confident that we would win. I don’t get too much into the Oscar-ology and the pontificating. It doesn’t help me to read up on that stuff.
02/25/2013 1:06 AM EST
Daniel Day-Lewis' Facial Hair
Backstage at the Oscars with Daniel Day-Lewis:
Was it uncomfortable wearing the beard?
What do you mean? No it's just a beard. Do you wear your hair? It was my very own beard.
02/25/2013 12:54 AM EST
What Jennifer Lawrence Thought When She Fell
From HuffPost Los Angeles correspondent Sasha Bronner:
"A bad word. That starts with F."
02/25/2013 12:50 AM EST
Ben Affleck's Best Picture Winner Face
02/25/2013 12:49 AM EST
Patricia Clarkson At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party
More on Patricia Clarkson's look here.
02/25/2013 12:44 AM EST
How Movies Change During Oscar Season
Here's Awards Daily blogger Sasha Stone just after "Argo" won Best Picture.
@ AwardsDaily :
See, I told you Argo was Crash incarnate. Won the same amount of awards even.
Have you ever seen a movie where you walk out saying, “That was just a great f--king movie”? That’s Ben Affleck’s Argo. Inexplicably, a film that draws its strength from humor and suspense, winds up being more moving the second time through. Perhaps because once you have been through the suspense part of it you get to know the characters better and therefore care about their outcomes more.
02/25/2013 12:42 AM EST
Ben Affleck's Arc
@ LouLumenick :
Affleck: Oscar winner to laughingstock to Oscar winner. You can't make these things up.
02/25/2013 12:31 AM EST
At Least Someone Liked It
@ m1keh0gan :
Tommy Lee Jones told me Seth MacFarlane was "hilarious." His favorite part? "I Saw Your Boobs." #notkidding
02/25/2013 12:28 AM EST
Daniel Day-Lewis' Meryl Streep Joke
“It’s a strange thing, because three years ago, before we decided to do a straight swap, I had actually been committed to play Margaret Thatcher, um...” he joked. “And Meryl was, was Steven’s first choice for ‘Lincoln.’ And I’d like to see that version. And Steven didn’t have to persuade me to play Lincoln, but I had to persuade him that, perhaps, if I was going to do it, that Lincoln shouldn’t be a musical.”
More on Daniel Day-Lewis' Oscar speech here.