Neil Meron and Craig Zadan weren’t kidding around with this year’s movie music Oscars theme. (Even the comedic bits were song-and-dance vehicles for Seth MacFarlane). Musical numbers from this year’s nominees ran the gamut from Les Miserables‘ full-cast staging to Norah Jones crooning “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, and Adele’s performance of her Oscar-winning Skyfall theme. Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson returned to sing her signature song from Dreamgirls, making Catherine Zeta-Jones’ “All That Jazz” Chicago number pale in comparison. And grand dames Shirley Bassey and Barbra Streisand fought through the show’s spotty sound mixing to deliver signature tunes.
Shirley Bassey sings her 007 theme “Goldfinger”:
Catherine Zeta-Jones performs “All That Jazz” from Chicago:
BREAKING: The Oscars have perenially ignored James Bond, but this year — despite a snub for Skyfall in the Best Picture category — they’re upping the 007 quotient. Along with a tribute to the franchise’s 50th anniversary during the Oscar telecast, producers announced today that they’ve lined up Adele’s first live performance anywhere of the Oscar-nominated original theme song, “Skyfall.” A likely ratings draw, this will also be the British superstar singer’s first TV appearance since the Grammys last year. She’s nominated for writing the Skyfall tune along with Paul Epworth. Here’s the Academy’s release:
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Adele will perform the Oscar®-nominated theme song from the latest James Bond movie at the 85th Academy Awards®, the show’s producers announced today. “Skyfall,” from the film of the same name, was announced as a nominee for Original Song at the Academy’s Nominations Announcement on January 10. The song, written by Adele and Paul Epworth, is the first Bond theme ever to debut in Billboard’s Top 10 and the first to be nominated for an Oscar since “For Your Eyes Only” in 1981.
When it comes to James Bond, the theme music is as much a part of 007 as the girls, the gadgets, the villains and the man himself. Here’s a new version of theSkyfall trailer with the upcoming film’s title tune from Grammy winner Adele:
Beginning with a performance of Monty Norman’s iconic James Bond theme by Vic Flick — the original guitarist who performed it on the Dr. No soundtrack in 1962 — the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences threw a smashing salute, “The Music Of Bond: The First 50 Years”, in front of a packed house Friday night. It was part of a worldwide celebration known as Global James Bond Day; it was on October 5, 1962, that the first Bond film, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery, debuted in the UK. The franchise has continued through six different actors playing the title role including current Bond Daniel Craig, whose third outing as 007 in the 23rd film in the series, Skyfall, opens November 9th.
The evening, produced by the Academy’s Ellen Harrington and flawlessly hosted by film music historian Jon Burlingame, author of the new book The Music Of James Bond, featured a series of terrific clips and several classic opening-credit sequences that highlighted the Bond songs that are a much-awaited part of every one of these films. Onstage guests included Oscar- and Tony-winning lyricist Don Black, who wrote five Bond songs; Bill Conti, who received an Oscar nomination for his title song to For Your Eyes Only (1981); Flick; and a special taped message from Bond star Roger Moore.
Burlingame saved the biggest surprise for last when he debuted a montage of scenes from Skyfall scored with Grammy winner Adele’s title song, which she just “secretly” recorded in London with a 77-piece orchestra. She also co-wrote the tune while 10-time Oscar nominee Thomas Newman got to score his first-ever Bond film. Burlingame noted that within the first 16 hours of the song’s release, it was already in the top 10 in 21 countries and No. 1 in 10 of them including the UK. Read More »