The Oscars just booked Adele to sing the title track from "Skyfall" at this year's kudocast. The Grammy darling is up for her first Oscar as she penned the tune with producer Paul Epworth. The pair, who already picked up a Golden Globe for their efforts, are the overwhelming favorites to win the Best Song award. (Take a listen to the tune at the bottom of this post.)
In making the announcement, the academy noted, "this will be the first time she (Adele) will have performed 'Skyfall' anywhere live and will also mark her first U.S. television performance since the Grammys last year." The singer-songwriter added, “It’s an honour to be nominated and terrifyingly wonderful to be singing in front of people who have captured my imagination over and over again. It’s something I’ve never experienced and probably only ever will once!”
The Oscars were already slated to salute the Bond film franchise as it celebrates its golden anniversary. "Skyfall" is the 23rd entry in the series that dates back to 1962's "Dr. No." This third film to feature Daniel Craig as 007 contends for five Oscars in all -- Cinematography, Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Song.
Among Adele's rival nominees for Best Song is Oscars host Seth MacFarlane, who co-wrote "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" with Walter Murphy for his adult comedy "Ted." While he was nominated last year for a Grammy for "Music is Better Than Word," a disc of traditional pop songs, MacFarlane had Norah Jones croon the tune in his hit film.
Also up for Best Song is "Suddenly" from "Les Miserables." This number was added to the score of the 1987-winning Tony musical precisely to net a nomination in this category. This strategy proved to be a winning one for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in 1996 when they picked up an Oscar for the song "You Must Love Me" from the film version of their 1980 Tony champ "Evita."
The other nominees are: "Pi's Lullaby" ("Life of Pi") and "Before My Time" from the documentary "Chasing Ice."
While the tunes that accompany the opening title sequences of Bond films have been a favorite feature since the second one, "From Russia With Love" in 1963, only three have contended for Best Song.
None of the tunes that kicked off the Sean Connery films even received nominations. Those snubbed include chart toppers like Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds are Forever,” Tom Jones’ “Thunderball” and Nancy Sinatra’s version of “You Only Live Twice.” “Diamonds are Forever” was rumored to have shocked academy members with its raciness, which is confusing since the eventual winner was the “black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks" -- i.e., “Shaft” by Issac Hayes.
It wasn’t until 1973 and the first of the Roger Moore film -- “Live and Let Die” -- that a Bond tune was nominated. This mostly instrumental song by Paul and Linda McCartney lost the award to the theme for “The Way We Were."
The franchise earned two more nominations in the Roger Moore era: Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better,” composed by Oscar favorite Marvin Hamlisch for 1979's "The Spy Who Loved Me," lost to "You Light Up My Life"; and "For Your Eyes Only," sung by Sheena Easton, was bested by "Arthur's Theme" in 1981.
As Pierce Brosnan and then Craig assumed the role, the Bond filmmakers employed high profile singer-songwriters such as Sheryl Crowe, Bono, Madonna, and Jack White. However, none of them made the final academy cut.