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"Skyfall" could land a surprising number of Oscar nominations when they are announced on January 10. James Bond films, while they have been popular over the decades with Academy voters as popcorn entertainment, have not been Oscar contenders except for the occasional technical or song nomination. (The Oscarcast is tributing Bond on its 50th anniversary, in any case.) But Bond 23 is directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") and brings a certain class and patina missing from many other Bond films. (More from Mendes on 'Skyfall' here; more on the frontrunner Adele song here.) "Skyfall," which has been praised in many quarters as the best Bond film ever, could wind up in the best picture race, if the PGA list of ten is any indicator; the film also landed nods for ensemble and supporting actor Javier Bardem from the Screen Actors Guild, and Bardem and Judi Dench with the Critics Choice Awards. »

- Anne Thompson

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