With a week until the Academy's nearly bungled nominations are revealed, Oscar rumor has it that the well received James Bond film is now in the running for best picture. All of the sudden chatter stems from the Producers Guild of America, which nominated 007's latest for its Darryl F. Zanuck Award Thursday — that's basically their version of "best picture." As Anthony Breznican wrote at Entertainment Weekly, the PGA choices can be regarded as an Oscar "indicator." On top of that Skyfall "surprisingly" — according to the New York Times's Melena Ryzik — scored a nomination from the Art Directors Guild. Ryzik writes that the nod maybe gives "it some unexpected oomph in the chase for the little gold man." But does Bond actually stand a chance in this year's crowded field? Let's break it down.
The Case for Skyfall: Well, it did get good reviews, and is 92 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, though that doesn't really spell Oscar gold for big time blockbusters of this ilk. But Skyfall has Oscar pedigree: Its director, Sam Mendes, won best director for American Beauty, and then there's that stand-out performance from Oscar-winner Javier Bardem. And remember, the Academy still nominates up to 10 films for best picture — a move that drew talk of including more films like The Dark Knight, which failed to get nominated in the last year the category was limited to five films. WhatCulture! has come up with a list of 10 more reasons Skyfall s a contender, some of which are more valid than others.