Seth MacFarlane is a swell guy, but this might be the first year that we're looking forward to the Golden Globes more than the Oscars based on hosts alone. While we wait to see how Tina Fey and Amy Poehler handle the ceremonial task, news from the Academy about a tribute to James Bond has reinvigorated our interest for the Oscars amongst the buzz of seemingly endless predictions.
The 85th Academy Awards will honor 007's 50th anniversary on February 24 in Hollywood. "We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," telecast producers announced. "Starting with Dr. No back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion-picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon." Skyfall — the Daniel Craig-starring movie that took Bond across Istanbul, Shanghai and London — has become the highest-grossing film in the U.K., the Bond series, and in 2012 alone (crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide). Granted, the telecast won't feature Queen Elizabeth II parachuting from a helicopter into a stadium like the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics, but we'll take what we can get.