And the Winner Is…

The last Sunday in February is always circled in red on my calendar and blocked off a year in advance. It’s the one night I get to be with a guy that’s not my husband – and his name is Oscar.

The Academy Awards are Hollywood’s biggest night, where both the couture and the speeches are either breathtakingly good or amazingly bad. In both cases, it’s difficult to look away. Whether I’ve seen most or nearly none of the movies nominated, it’s still a wonderful time to enjoy the glitz and glamour of Tinseltown from my couch right here in Reno.

In honor of this auspicious occasion, I’d like to share with you some of the best design work out there in movie posters. Not the original designs paid for by the big movie production companies; no, these are done simply for the love of the craft and the movies themselves. These folks have taken it as a personal challenge to design new art for famous past movies with as little imagery as possible, while still communicating the title immediately – not an easy task.

Also worth mention is this year’s commemorative Oscar poster, which the Academy commissioned Gallery1988 to complete. They in turn brought in Olly Moss, an amazing illustrator/designer, who interpreted the Best Picture winners from the last 85 years as Oscar statuettes. Simply delightful.


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