84th Academy Awards Poster Revealed

Leading up to the Academy Awards, typically the hosts, nominations and behind-the-scenes drama receive all the attention. Sure it’s all well-deserved, but there is one aspect of the show that often gets overlooked and rarely spoken about. Being a lover of album covers, movie posters and graphic art in general, the annual Oscar one sheet is one thing I look forward to seeing.

The Academy just unveiled their official poster for the 2012 Oscars yesterday. This year’s theme for the 84th Academy Awards is “Celebrate The Movies“. The poster features eight images of Oscar-winning films. They span eight decades and include classics and modern blockbusters like “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “Casablanca” (1943), “Giant” (1956), “The Sound of Music” (1965), “The Godfather” (1972), “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989), “Forrest Gump” (1994) and “Gladiator” (2000). All but “Giant” were Best Picture Winners. That film scored a statue for its director George Stevens.

“Whether it’s a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory. The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually.” – Academy President Tom Sherak

Check out the final product, designed by Anthony Goldschmidt and Mark and Karen Crawford of Blood&Chocolate, below. It’s one of the better designed ones in the past few years. See if you agree.

The 84th Academy Awards take place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 26. Billy Crystal will take on hosting duties for the ninth time. He stepped in to fill void after Eddie Murphy stepped down. Nominations for this year’s ceremony will be announced on Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 A.M. PST in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Who are you hoping gets a nod this year? Sound off below.