Spanish actor Javier Bardem, who played Raoul Silva in Skyfall, has won a Satellite Award in America for his highly-praised role as the latest Bond villain.

At the special Satellite Awards event, held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday evening (December 16), Bardem won the Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the latest 007 movie. The ‘Satellite Awards’ show is produced by and voted on by the International Press Academy. Skyfall was also nominated in six other categories.

Meanwhile, there has been some other encouraging news on the Awards front for the new 007 film. The singer Adele’s haunting theme song for Skyfall has been nominated for Best Original Song at the upcoming 2013 Golden Globe Awards. Adele worked on both the music and the lyrics with her usual creative partner Paul Epworth.

In fact, Daniel Craig’s third Bond adventure is now beginning to make some good headway in both the Hollywood and UK awards seasons, although there has been some disappointment that more Oscar nominations have not come the film’s way. However, as The Times newspaper of London has pointed out, the production team ‘may perhaps have felt a quantum of solace in the Globe nomination for Adele and Paul Epworth’s soaring theme song’. The results of the Globe Awards will be broadcast on NBC on Sunday January 13, 2013.

Interestingly, another strong contender for a Golden Globe Award is Judi Dench, who has been nominated in the category for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical (for her recent role in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel). There were rumours that Judi’s role as ‘M’ in Skyfall would also be rewarded, but this kind of recognition may now mainly come via the UK.

Indeed, the new Bond film is also beginning to make some headway in the British Awards season. The London Evening Standard British Film Awards, for example, which have now entered their 40th year, have just unveiled their ‘longlist’, with a shortlist to follow in January. And Skyfall features prominently in some key categories: Film of the Year; Best Actor (Daniel Craig and Ben Whishaw); and Best Actress (Judi Dench).

The London Evening Standard British Film Awards are judged by a panel of leading British film critics, and the ‘Shortlist’ will be announced in the newspaper in early January. Bond fans should also keep an eye on the upcoming BAFTAs in Britain, where Skyfall may also pick up some well-deserved nominations.

As Skyfall continues to break box office records across the world, it will create extra bonuses for the leading actors in the movie and for Sam Mendes. But what some people don’t seem to realize is that nominations for film awards also play a role in the money given to the leading cast members and production team: awards bonuses are given if any actors are nominated for an Oscar, a BAFTA, or a Golden Globe – with even more should they win.

In this sense, Skyfall could provide quite an extra windfall for the leading participants in the movie. Auric Goldfinger would be proud!