Adele wins her first actor after performing at the Academy Awards
Adele won the Oscar for Best Original Song on Sunday at the Academy Awards.
The British pop sensation was honored for co-writing the theme song to "Skyfall," becoming the first artist to pick up an Oscar for composing a James Bond theme song. Adele wrote the song with frequent collaborator Paul Epworth.
Earlier in the evening Adele performed the anthem on the broadcast; it was the first time the British balladeer sang the song in a live performance. The evening also included a tribute to 007's 50 years in films that featured Dame Shirley Bassey, the legendary voice behind the theme song to "Goldfinger" and "Diamonds Are Forever."
Also entitled "Skyfall," Adele's take on the Bond theme song drew raves for its lush orchestration and swooning vocals. It was the first Bond theme up for an Oscar since 1981's "For Your Eyes Only," and only the fourth to be nominated after that song, "Live and Let Die" (1973) and "Nobody Does It Better" (1977).
To win the Oscar, Adele beat out "Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice," "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from "Ted," "Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi" and "Suddenly" from "Les Misérables."