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Oscars to salute Bond film franchise

The Academy Awards show is jumping on the James Bond anniversary bandwagon, featuring a salute to the 50-year-old franchise at the Oscars ceremony in February, producers said on Friday, Reuters reports.

"We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday," Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement.

No details of the segment were revealed.

Friday's announcement was likely to fuel new hopes for a best picture Oscar nomination for the current Bond film, "Skyfall." The film has broken the $1 billion mark at the box office and become the biggest hit in the series' 23-film franchise.

Oscar nominations are scheduled to be announced on Thursday.

The critically acclaimed blockbuster got a big boost earlier this week when producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson were among nominees for the Producers Guild Award, alongside producers for such prestigious films as "Lincoln" and "Zero Dark Thirty." Bond films have historically received only a handful of Oscar nominations, most for technical categories or music, and the Producers Guild nod marked the first-ever nomination from the influential Hollywood guild for a Bond film.

The Oscars will be handed out in a ceremony hosted by "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane on Feb. 24.

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