‘Skyfall’ wins Oscar for Best Song
EMI published songwriter Paul Epworth picked up the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 85th Academy Awards for the 007 theme ‘Skyfall’- the first Oscar to be awarded to a Bond film in 47 years. The film enjoys a reputation as the biggest grossing film of all time at the British box office. Now its theme song, co-written and produced by Paul Epworth has risen to a similar fame: topping the iTunes chart in less than ten hours following its release in October of last year, and going on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide- reaching #2 in the UK charts and #8 in the US. The song has also received awards at the 2013 Brits and Golden Globes, making it the first Bond song to do so.
You can watch Adele and Paul collect their awards here.
Adele gave the song’s first ever live performance at the ceremony- attracting a television audience of over one billion viewers worldwide. The performance formed part of the Academy’s special tribute to the 007 franchise, whose fiftieth anniversary coincides with Skyfall’s momentous victory as the first Bond song ever to be awarded Best Song by the Academy.
The Oscar can be added to a long list of accolades under the belt of Paul Epworth, who is published worldwide by EMI. He has previously been awarded Grammys for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Producer of the Year, alongside an Ivor Novello for Most Performed Work, and a BRIT for Producer of the Year. Acknowledgements such as these seek to mark Epworth’s contributions to some of the most outstanding albums of the last decade.
Having been described as one of the most influential British Producers of his generation, Epworth has previously worked with Adele on her record-smashing 21- the biggest selling album of 2011, making the pairing a proven chart sensation in both the UK and Stateside, and a stellar choice to tackle the Bond legacy.