Before performing the now Oscar-winning song “Skyfall,” Jennifer Lawrence introduced its singer and co-songwriter as the “unstoppable Adele.” After tonight, it’s pretty hard to argue with her. After winning the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and being an integral part of the biggest James Bond film ever, “Skyfall” was the favorite to win the Oscar, and it didn’t disappoint.
The normally boisterous Adele, now known as much for her riotous, off-the-cuff acceptance speeches as she is for her vocal prowess, was overcome with emotion when talking about her co-writer, Paul Epworth, who she tearfully thanked for “believing in me all the time.” Adele then let Epworth take the mic. “I can’t believe I’m up here to receive this,” he said.
Epworth was right to be a little shocked. “Skyfall” marks the first time a James Bond theme has won the Academy Award Best Original Song, a shocking fact for a franchise known for its iconic title songs. Only three have ever even been nominated: “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney and Wings (1973), “Nobody Does It Better” from “The Spy Who Loved My” by Carly Simon (1977), and “For Your Eyes Only” by Sheena Easton (1982).
Back to that word “unstoppable.” Adele’s no stranger to awards show stages at this point. In addition to her Golden Globe for “Skyfall,” the singer and new mom won a Grammy earlier this month, one that joins a trunk full of them back at her flat in the U.K. Her win this time around is fitting, as this year’s Academy Awards celebrated the franchise’s 50th anniversary with a montage introduced by Bond girl Halle Berry. That montage culminated in a memorable performance by Dame Shirley Bassey , who performed “Goldfinger,” the title song from the classic 1964 James Bond film of the same name.
With a montage, two live performances and a couple of Oscars (including one for Best Sound Editing), this was truly the Bond Oscars.