Posters of Oscar Winning Movies

It has become a good tradition on our blog to gather movie posters having something special in their design for our readers delight and inspiration. We are not going to break it this time either, but decided to change the rules a little bit in order to avoid repetition. Today you’ll see the posters of Oscar winning movies. Do you follow these annual ceremonies? Just agree that when a movie wins the Oscar it automatically becomes more popular among the viewers. Everybody wants to know what is so special about it.

Would you like to know a little more about the ceremony itself?

We hope it will be interesting for some curious nerds. In fact, the Oscars or the Academy Awards is an American awards ceremony carried out every year. It honors the most outstanding achievements in the film industry. The winners become happy owners of the Academy Award of Merit, a statuette known by everybody as Oscar (its nickname).

The first awards were presented in 1929 and televised in 1953. At present, the Oscars is seen live in more than 200 countries. It can be called the oldest entertainment awards ceremony. The Emmy Awards is Oscar’s equivalent for television, the Tony Awards for theater, and the Grammy Awards for music and recording.

Did you see the latest 86th Academy Awards? They were held on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

As of the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony held in 2011, a total of 2,894 Oscars have been given for 1,853 awards. The first Best Actor awarded was Emil Jannings, for his performances in “The Last Command” and “The Way of All Flesh”.

And what about the Oscar statuette?

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The Oscar statuette is made of gold-plated britannium on a black metal base. It is 13.5 in (34 cm) tall, weighs 8.5 lb (3.85 kg) and depicts a knight rendered in Art Deco style holding a crusader’s sword standing on a reel of film with five spokes. The five spokes represent the original branches of the Academy: Actors, Writers, Directors, Producers, and Technicians.

Mexican film director and actor Emilio Fernández became a live prototype for the Oscar statuette. He was convinced to pose nude to sculptor George Stanley. Oscar’s design idea belongs to MGM’s art director Cedric Gibbons. Since 1928, the only addition to the Oscar is a minor streamlining of the base. The original Oscar mold was cast at the C.W. Shumway & Sons Foundry in Batavia, Illinois. Since 1983, approximately 50 Oscars are made each year in Chicago by Illinois manufacturer R.S. Owens & Company. It takes between three to four weeks to manufacture each statue.

Have you ever wondered how Oscar got its name?

We tried to do a small research and the matter turned out to be rather controversial. Actually, two origins claim to be the first who named the Oscar. They are Bette Davis (who says that she named the Oscar after her first husband, band leader Harmon Oscar Nelson) and Margaret Herrick, the Academy’s Executive Secretary (who made reference to the statuette’s reminding her of her “Uncle Oscar”, which is a nickname for her cousin Oscar Pierce). Howbeit, the trophy was officially dubbed the “Oscar” in 1939 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Since 1950, neither winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for US$1.

Merit categories

We won’t weary you by voting and ceremony rules details as they are rather hairy. However, we can’t help mentioning merit categories as movie posters you’ll see below won their prizes in different types of them. You are absolutely right if you think that there are plenty of merit categories best movies are currently nominated for.

Here are main of them:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: since 1928
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: since 1936
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: since 1928
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: since 1936
  • Best Animated Feature: since 2001
  • Best Animated Short Film: since 1931
  • Best Cinematography: since 1928
  • Best Costume Design: since 1948
  • Best Director: since 1928
  • Best Documentary Feature: since 1943
  • Best Documentary Short Subject: since 1941
  • Best Film Editing: since 1934
  • Best Foreign Language Film: since 1947
  • Best Live Action Short Film: since 1931
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling: since 1981
  • Best Original Score: since 1934
  • Best Original Song: since 1934
  • Best Picture: since 1928
  • Best Production Design: since 1928
  • Best Sound Editing: since 1963
  • Best Sound Mixing: since 1930
  • Best Visual Effects: since 1939
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: since 1928
  • Best Original Screenplay: since 1940

Thank you for your patience and curiosity as you read this article from cover to cover and deserve special reward. Now you’ll see if Oscar awarded movie posters differ from the rest of movie posters we’ve already showcased here. There is only one thing left to tell: “we wish you enjoy browsing these posters as much as we enjoyed collecting them”. Maybe you will even decide to watch some movies you’ve missed not knowing that they were highly estimated by the Academy Awards.

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Nebraska

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Dallas Buyers Club

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12 Years a Slave

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Gravity

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The Wolf of Wall Street

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Blue Jasmine

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Frozen

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The Great Beauty

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Her

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The Great Gatsby

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The Artist

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The Iron Lady

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The Descendants

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Midnight in Paris

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Rango

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Undefeated

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Hugo

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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The Muppets

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Black Swan

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Alice in Wonderland

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Inception

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The Social Network

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In a Better World

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The Wolfman

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Inside Job

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