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Whenever any movie, even yet another James Bond sequel, gets the kind of rave reviews and business earned by "Skyfall," the inevitable awards speculation occurs. Will it get Oscar nominations? After all, right out of the gate Brit theater director Sam Mendes' "American Beauty" swept five Oscars including director and picture.  That's been hard to top. But Mendes had a bit of luck as well as a lot of hard work on the way to "Skyfall." One, production was stalled by the MGM bankruptcy for more than a year--which meant that he and John Logan could dig into the script started by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and make it strong enough to lure the likes of Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem. Mendes also talked frequent collaborator Roger Deakins (who might finally win after nine nominations) into taking on the cinematography, and offered Thomas Newman (who has been nominated ten »


- Anne Thompson

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