Could Sam Mendes' SKYFALL Get The Best Picture Nomination?

Could Sam Mendes' SKYFALL Get The Best Picture Nomination?

According to the recent report, the Sam Mendes-directed 23rd James Bond film was shown this past weekened at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and it received a great reaction from the packed crowd. More after the jump...

The 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, is a monster hit at the box office. It's already at $430 million (probably more by now) internationally, and it just opened in US with huge $88 million in its opening weekend ($90 million, including the Thursday previews). Not only is it a box office success, but it also received a very positive critical reaction. The question is, could we see Skyfall making a big impact at the Oscars? According to the report over at Deadline, it's very possible. The film screened in front of a packed audience at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences:

"James Bond and Abraham Lincoln both were very impressive at the box office this weekend but they also killed at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with packed turnaway crowds, certainly among the biggest of the year there and a good omen for their Oscar chances. For Lincoln Academy Award attention is expected but now MGM/Sony’s (with Eon) Skyfall, thanks to top reviews and the best business ever for a Bond, is also surprising pundits as an emerging Best Picture contender. One member told me they felt it is definitely Best Picture material and that was seconded by another, a self-confessed Bond uber-fan who proclaimed it the best ever."

I saw Skyfall two weeks ago, and absolutely loved it. Sam Mandes made a film that returned this 50-year-old franchise back on track, and it's a perfect combination of classic and modern version of James Bond. While it may be hard to get on that "Best Picture" list considering the big competition, there are a couple of categorizes I could definitely see the film getting nominated. The first one: cinematography. Roger Deakins really deserves that Oscar. The images in this film are just stunning. Right next to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, this is his finest work. And as the report suggests, the other two categories would be the "Best Supporting Actor" and "Best Supporting Actress." Javier Bardem was mesmerizing and Judi Dench delivered another fantastic performance as "M." So, what do you think? Would you like to see Skyfall getting a Best Picture nod?

Starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Albert Finney and Ben Whishaw, Skyfall is now playing in theatres.

The film, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond 007. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.

In SKYFALL, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

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harley2011 - 11/13/2012, 6:52 PM
I think they expanded the best picture nomination and this movie was great. Daniel Craig is the best bond ever.

Skyfall was a much better screenplay then Batman. They both are movies that will last the test of time though. Unlike the very forgettable, the avengers.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 11/13/2012, 6:54 PM
Even though at times you could feel the dark knight inspired vibe we all cannot forget the films that inspired the dark knight and how many scenes felt like other classic films. No need to get into it , but pretty much all the action from the dark knight has been done and done better. Bond is Gold and SkyFall was a very good film !
FightAs0ne - 11/13/2012, 6:58 PM
@harley2011 Not forgettable at all. I still watch mines.
TheBurnSays - 11/13/2012, 6:59 PM
Javier Bardem for best supporting actor for sure. He was creepy and funny at the same time.
imnotahero - 11/13/2012, 7:00 PM
I could see them being nominated for Cinematography. Other than that, it is just a very decent film, not oscar-worthy.
IIIAdamantiumIII - 11/13/2012, 7:01 PM
@harley2011 - Sean Connery is hands down the best bond ever. Daniel Craig plays a wonderful bond and would easily be second.
jimpinto24 - 11/13/2012, 7:01 PM
YES!!! Skyfall was epic! It should win an Oscar for Best Motion Picture!
YOUNGBL00D - 11/13/2012, 7:02 PM
Does no one think Daniel Craig is worthy of an Oscar for this, I think this was his best performance in the trilogy so far
HYDRA - 11/13/2012, 7:02 PM
Skyfall got so stupid I thought I was watching a Roger Moore film. Even the opening credits were ridiculous.
Marveluffugus - 11/13/2012, 7:03 PM
I've seen skyfall, loved it. Not enough for me to say its Oscar worthy though.
MyInnerDork - 11/13/2012, 7:04 PM

I went to film school and just gave myself a facepalm.
GuardianAngel - 11/13/2012, 7:06 PM
Great film. Almost as good as TDKR.
Iceman01 - 11/13/2012, 7:09 PM
It at least
Darkknight23 - 11/13/2012, 7:09 PM
Loved Skyfall. Can't agree with Best Picture Nomination.
8thDynasty - 11/13/2012, 7:09 PM
Seriously - this movie is bad.

He chokes a guy underwater. Just let that sink in.

Stows away on a boat, has sex with a walking plot device and then she is never heard from again. Seriously, she's in the movie 15 minutes.

There is "computer hacking" = lazy writing.

The foot chase scene in the Tube has so many WTF moments.

The lack there of, of an auto chase scene can be considered blasphemy to the character.


The story is predictable and cliche' - "You left me for dead. Now I'm gonna get you."

Great acting. Terrible, terrible writing.

Ian Flemming's character and all these actors deserved so much better.
harley2011 - 11/13/2012, 7:23 PM
Have you seen diamonds are forever? Quantum of solace was like Casablanca compared to that. Sean Connery didn't even try in that movie.
Pontius888 - 11/13/2012, 7:28 PM
The best picture of 2012 so far....Epic!!!!
goatmilk - 11/13/2012, 7:37 PM
Ways in which Skyfall is endebted to Chris Nolan's Dark Knight movies and Chris Nolan in general- Eccentric, anarchic villain intimidates his foes with disturbing facial injuries and long monologues about the inherent evil of man, dramatic dialogue-less take of said villian reveling in the joy of a successful getaway (Joker hanging out the window of a cop car, Silva dressed as a cop fleeing with his henchmen), comedic banter between a young hero and their older confidant, right down to the word (Michael Caine to Bale in TDK- Oh yes master Bruce, much more subtle (regarding driving the Lamboughinni in the middle of the day), Judi Dench to Daniel Craig in Skyfall- oh yes Bond, very inconspicuous (regarding driving his old BMT to The Scottish moors), musings and commentary about government use of technology to spy on its citizens, a scene in which a train loudly comes out of nowhere on a path of destruction (Inception first dream level vs Skyfall subway getaway scene). Also the fact that James was now portrayed as a disturbed orphan who hid In the subterranean solitude underneath the ground of his family's estate was obviously similar to the Batman origin story and to Wayne manor. Also Skyfall had a guy in it who looked exactly like Cillian Murphy. Nitpicking notwithstanding I actually enjoyed Skyfall but was distracted at times by the similarities mentioned above (I also realize of course that Nolan is heavily indebted to the Bond franchise (Inception skiing scene anyone?), probably more so than the other way around, and probably wouldn't be doing what he does without it, but still, this particular take is incredibly derivative)
TheRock234 - 11/13/2012, 7:37 PM
People are gonna hate on me for this but it has no chance in hell with getting the nomination especially with Beast Of The Southern Wild, Silver linings Playbook, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Lincoln, Argo, Life of Pi, Django Unchained, and even the hobbit coming this year. Also it steals way to many plot lines from other movies and still has some movie stereotypes along the way. I still liked it however yet I've seen this before in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, the Avengers, and The amazing spider-man with the whole nuclear attack thing at the end. So no
TheRock234 - 11/13/2012, 7:39 PM
Also if this gets a nomination and wins then the academy awards are a jimp for not giving The Dark Knight a nomination cause that was a much better movie then this.
patriautism - 11/13/2012, 7:41 PM
Honestly if you didn't like Skyfall then you probably didn't notice the thousands of nods to the old Bond classics, with everything, down to the set details.

Skyfall is easily one of the best pictures of the year, and one of the best Bond films ever made.
CaptainAmerica31 - 11/13/2012, 7:45 PM
Sam mended took a shit load of inspiration from Nolan didn't he
Rhys - 11/13/2012, 7:46 PM
It deserves it, damn good film :)
bobevanz - 11/13/2012, 8:08 PM
Having seen this for a second time today, i cant help but say that the feeling and vibe i get from this movie feels so much like a sean connery bond movie. The beautiful locations and sets, the one liners, the first bond car, the [frick]ing coat rack!!!! And the way the story builds up and sets itself up for the grand finale..... all of it. It's truly superior. Silva is THE best bond villain ever. Blending the new school over the top action with an intimate story that hits you deep makes this top 3 movies of the year.



Were you expecting an exploding pen? 007, please do try to return the equipment in one piece :)

Funsize - 11/13/2012, 8:10 PM
hope so
LAWLZY96 - 11/13/2012, 8:11 PM
Skyfall was one hell of a film. Probably best film of the year so far
CapFan79 - 11/13/2012, 8:30 PM
I could see Bardem getting a nom. I liked it but its not a best picture thus far. If December releases suck then maybe so.
AnotherSinisterClone - 11/13/2012, 8:43 PM
worst Bond movie ever. i dont know what happend, the acts were poorly done, the plot was generic, coulda been any spy movie, and they dropped the plot from the last 2 movies, with Quantum for no reason. ive loved every bond movie, and im so disappointed in this one. Bardem's fake blonde hair looks worst then Walken's in the 80s.
Moozreversed - 11/13/2012, 9:10 PM
To all of you who didn't know, Bond has always been an orphan. That was no new revelation
Moozreversed - 11/13/2012, 9:10 PM
Fact. Stating your opinion as fact doesn't make it so.
Ranger14 - 11/13/2012, 9:17 PM
"Ways in which Skyfall is endebted to Chris Nolan's Dark Knight movies and Chris Nolan in general-....(insert standard film good guy/villain similarities...villain disfigures people,lectures about the inherent evil of man and enjoys a getaway scene...good guy is orphaned, drives a nice car and shares banter with a mentor)...Nitpicking notwithstanding I actually enjoyed Skyfall but was distracted at times by the similarities mentioned above"

These kind of general film scenes have existed long before TDKR, but sure, let's just give Nolan all the credit. :-P
TheHierophant - 11/13/2012, 9:24 PM
Actually just watched it today (also the first film I've ever seen in IMAX). I absolutely loved it! On the way home, my friends and I were talking about the movie and I said that I could definitely see Dame Judi Dench and Javier Bardem getting nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" and "Best Supporting Actor," respectively. I'll be surprised if it gets a "Best Picture" nomination though. Not because it isn't a great film, but there are A LOT of really great, promising films that will likely be nominated.
TheHierophant - 11/13/2012, 9:29 PM
@Ranger14: I absolutely agree with you. As I already said, I loved "Skyfall." But I did really see a lot of the similarities that you saw. To me, "Raoul Silva" seemed to be a sort of Joker/Bane hybrid from the "Nolanverse." While people will naturally credit Mr. Nolan with this type of villain, this archetype has been around for years before "The Dark Knight"/"The Dark Knight Rises," and will continue to live on.
Ranger14 - 11/13/2012, 9:38 PM
TheHeirophant@ Actually, I quoted someone else that I don't really agree with. I didn't associate the similarities mentioned in regard to Nolan at all and they didn't remind me of his films in any way. They just reminded me of the standard popular themes writers and directors have been putting in films for years.
TheHierophant - 11/13/2012, 9:58 PM
@Ranger14: Ahh... well then... this has been awkward... good day!


Seriously though, I must have misunderstood you. I was saying I can see the similarities that some might draw between "Nolanverse" and "Skyfall." Both are very gritty with a very dark take on a popular hero. But I do see what I consider "inspiration" from Heath Ledger's Joker and Tom Hardy's Bane in Javier Bardem's performance.

But, I do agree that a lot of people will give Nolan credit for something that has been around for years. Nolan gets too much credit for this style while guys like David Fincher and Darren Aronofsky have been doing it for years.
evilness - 11/13/2012, 10:32 PM
i said in another article that dench might not get an oscar for this. but now that i think about it, getting a nomination is pretty well-deserved. sorry, but this is a performance worthy of oscar recognition. not hathaway's catwoman, which was just 'ok'.

bardem absolutely deserves a nomination for silva. best bond villain ever.
ArtisticErotic - 11/13/2012, 10:37 PM
My problem with this film is the villain. He has the same problem that Bane had in TDKR, great introduction awesome build up and poorly done ending execution.

The whole I want you too kill us both bit at the end made me roll my eyes, plus it only took a knife to guys back and he was dead.

The opening theme is amazing, easily the best part of the movie next to the fantastic cinematography and scenery.

Lasastard - 11/13/2012, 11:24 PM
Good bond movie, but not anywhere near Oscar material imho. There is just not enough depth to it to be considered for best picture. The camera work however should get an nomination, absolutely stunning!
AlexDeLarge87 - 11/14/2012, 12:29 AM
If Martin Scorsese´s fantasy film Hugo can get nomination i say hell yeah for Bond too.
I definitely would make that movie a best picture nominee.

Im not too sure about the actor nominations thou.
I mean everyone in the movie did good roles but to me it still wasnt oscar material.

Lasastard@ The camera work definitely needs a nomination. Beautifully filmed movie.
AbeVigoda - 11/14/2012, 12:53 AM

"He chokes a guy underwater. Just let that sink in."

The choke he used cut off the blood flow in his carotid artery, rendering him unconscious. It wasn't a choke to prevent him from breathing.

Congrats on proving to everyone you are a beta male who has no knowledge of martial arts/combat.
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