Usually when an artist creates something inspired by cinema, it’ll be a clever mash-up between two films, or will transplant a beloved character into an antithetical situation from what we’re used to seeing. And while these images are fun to look at and put on pub walls, rarely will any of these projects be considered proper art. But what graphic designer Olly Moss has created isn't just one beautiful piece of art. He's made 84 of them.
Working with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the nostalgia guided Gallery 1988, Moss re-designed the Oscar statuette to visually represent every Best Picture winner since the award’s inception in 1927. It was hopefully a labor of love for Moss, for the amount of imagination and talent behind such a large undertaking is impressive and admirable. Check out the full shot below, with smaller images to follow.
Beyond being a great reminder of some of those forgotten classics of yesteryear, the images convey a reverence for each film that doesn’t need a solitary spoken word to be effective. Even when that film is arguably one of the most ill-regarded trophy winners, like 2005’s Crash.
But aside from that heavy-handed blip on the radar, and perhaps one or two others, the Academy has a long tradition of choosing films with iconic characters and universal conflicts, which makes these simplified statues all the more exemplary of the films represented. The extravagance of Scarlett O’Hara, for instance.
Or perhaps Don Corleone’s menace hiding in the shadows of his silhouette.
Or a man sacrificing his life to save the soldiers he believed in.
Or the silent elegance of last year’s winner.
Or maybe it's just an everyday guy who likes a nice Chianti with his fava beans.
Now matter how you feel about the films themselves, this is a really well-designed project that deserves your time. Spend a few minutes sorting through them all, find your favorites, and don’t forget to tune in for the Oscars on Sunday, February 24.