For those of you who’ve been asleep since last Sunday, Adele won the Academy Award for best song for her theme to the Bond film “Skyfall.” The song is the first of the 23 Bond themes to have won the award. However, there were three (or four, depending on who you ask) other songs to be nominated: Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die”, Marvin Hamlisch/Carole Bayer Sager/Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does it Better”, and Bill Conti/Sheena Easton/Mick Leeson’s “For Your Eyes Only.” Also, Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s “For Your Eyes Only” was nominated after it appeared in the original 1967 version of Casino Royale, but nobody likes to talk about that one.
Adele’s acceptance speech in full: “Thank you so much. Thank you. This is amazing. I’d just like to thank Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson at Eon Productions. Sony Pictures, MGM, Paul Epworth, who, oh God, for believing in me all the time, and my man, I love you, baby.”
She was much more articulate shortly afterward, and in an interview shortly after the ceremony, she detained some plans: “Maybe I’ll do an HBO special like Beyoncé did, And a Tony, I’m not so sure. Maybe someday I’ll do a musical.” In other words, Adele is chasing not pavements, but an EGOT, a set of awards in the Entertainment industry (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) so rare that only 14 people have achieved it so far; only 11 if one doesn’t count those who won only a honorary award for one of them. If she does so, she’d be only the third Brit to win the triple sweep, after Audrey Hepburn and John Gielgud. For bonus points, if she gets the Emmy and Tony before 2034, she may be the youngest person to ever get all four awards, tying with Rita Moreno and Whoopi Goldberg (except for Barbara Streisand, who only got an honorary Tony in 1970. To beat that record, she’d have to work fast: by 2017.)
On a less revealing note, she talked about her relationship with producer and co-Oscar Winner Paul Epworth: “Sometimes it just happens great like it does with us. You just got to connect and hope for the best. Be really honest with whoever you are working with. I cried the first time when I talked to Paul about my ex and then ‘Rolling In The Deep’ happened.”
For the curious, chart positions for 21 after the award: No. 33 in the UK, and No. 14 in the US.