’85 Years of Oscars’ poster summarizes nine decades of Best Picture winners

Courtesy of Olly MossYou should probably clear your schedule for the next several hours, because once you start really looking at this thing, there's no looking away.

Renowned graphic designer Olly Moss was recently commissioned by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create the official "85 Years of Oscars" poster. That may sound like a simple enough endeavor, though the Academy had an angle in mind that made the assignment a rather challenging one: find a way to visually reference every single Best Picture winner in Oscar history, limited to individual variations on each corresponding Oscar statue.

So, how does one represent films as eclectic as "Wings" (the very first Best Picture winner), "The Sound of Music," "The Godfather" and "The Silence of the Lambs" ... all within the design confines of an Oscar trophy?

You can see how below. And, we have to say, such a daunting task came out rather well. We especially like the black & white, tuxedo-clad Oscar for "The Artist" (2011), the non-existent Oscar for "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) and the clever visual nods to both "Schindler's List" (1993) and "Platoon" (1986).

There's certainly nothing like creative limitations to really get the imagination going!

Olly Moss is a British artist and illustrator best known for his re-imaginings of movie posters (many of which, not surprisingly, are about a hundred times better than the original movie posters). His work includes redesigns of the posters for the original "Star Wars" trilogy (commissioned by Lucasfilm), the logo for Elijah Wood's horror production company The Woodshed and the box art and branding for the "Resistance 3" video game. He also designed the poster for "Rubber," the now-classic horror film about a sentient tire with telekinetic powers that will probably never, ever appear on any Oscars-related artwork.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, February 24.

Photo courtesy of Olly Moss