Three first-timers won Oscars in the two music categories, Adele and Paul Epworth for best original song and Mychael Danna for original score. Adele’s song was the title track to the James Bond film “Skyfall”; Dana scored “Life of Pi.”
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The “Skyfall” win marks the first time a song from a James Bond film has won the Oscar. Previously nominated were Paul McCartney for “Live and Let Die,” Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager for “Nobody Does It Better,” which Carly Simon performed, from “The Spy Who Loved Me” and Bill Conti and Mick Leeson for “For Your Eyes Only,” which Sheena Easton recorded.
Of the last nine winners in the category, eight have been first-time nominees. Few, though, have been as a big a hit: “Skyfall” has sold 1.6 million downloads, according to Soundscan.
Danna’s win is the fourth time in the last five years that the winner is a first-time nominee. Last year went to Ludovic Bource and “The Artist”; Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won for the 2010 film “The Social Network.”
Also in the winning column at the ceremony was “Searching for Sugar Man,” which took home best documentary and yet more accolades for its subject, the re-discovered folk musician Rodriguez.