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Artists Transformed The Posters Of This Year's Best Picture Nominees Into Pop Art

The posters were inspired by the aesthetic of popular pop artists.

For the past six years, designers at Shutterstock have reimagined movie posters for the Academy Award's Best Picture nominees in the style of an artist who has inspired them. The designers used Shutterstock's collection of photos, vectors, and illustrations to create the posters and followed the design rules and aesthetic of the artist they chose. 

The annual project celebrates the year's greatest films while simultaneously paying tribute to the creativity of talented pop artists such as Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami, and Kiki Kogelnik. 

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From a secret government research lab active during the cold war, to a romantic northern Italy countryside in the 1980s, to a horrifying suburban town set in present day, this year's Best Picture lineup took audiences a lot of thought-provoking places. The Shutterstock designers aimed to reflect that in their posters by including artists from different parts of the world including the U.S., the U.K., Japan, France, and Austria.

Scroll through to see the posters Shutterstock's designers created this year along with a description about what about what they were envisioning as they worked on them. 

"Call Me By Your Name" Poster by Tim Harrison

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"James Rosenquist took imagery from ads, photos, and periodicals and created mysterious, bold compositions with them," Harrison said. "His ability to weave together seemingly unrelated items and craft a narrative reminded me of the love story that unfolds between Elio and Oliver. Though they have different backgrounds and are in separate stages of their lives, something beautiful emerges."

"Lady Bird" Poster by Brenda Luu

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"Lady Bird is a film about a young woman growing into her own body and sexuality and impatiently waiting for adulthood," Luu said. "Watching it reminded me of Mel Ramos's work. His images highlight female sensuality and are at once provocative and humorous."

"Get Out" Poster by Alice Lee

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"Though he's known for his colorful dancing figures, much of Keith Haring's work was darker, dealing with violence and fear," Lee said. "That made his style a good match for Get Out, a horror film about racism. I also used Haring's doodles to represent important elements from the film, including a teacup and spoon, a deer, and a police car."

"The Shape of Water" Poster by Kia Delgado

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"The Shape of Water is about Elisa, a mute woman who falls in love with a humanoid aquatic creature," Delgado said. "The film has a distinctive blue-green visual tone that reminds me of Kiki Kogelnik's work. Kogelnik also had a strong interest in feminism and emerging technology, which tied into Elisa's role as a cleaning lady in a secretive U.S. government research lab in the 1960s."

"Darkest Hour" Poster by Alice Li

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"The pop art movement in the UK originally depicted American culture from an outside perspective, so I thought it was fitting to turn that lens inward by depicting Winston Churchill in the style of British artist Richard Hamilton's collage/painting of John F. Kennedy," Li said. "Included in the poster are significant elements from Darkest Hour as Churchill takes leadership of a nation at war."

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" Poster by Jackelyne Castillo

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"English artist Olly Moss is famous for reinventing movie posters so he seemed like the perfect choice for this project," Castillo said. "In a complex movie about a mother dealing with the aftermath of her daughter's murder, I used Moss's style to reveal a lot of the details — the grieving mother, the policeman she blames for not doing enough, and the billboards she rents to make her point."

"Dunkirk" Poster by Brandon Lee

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"Watching Dunkirk, I was struck by the film's visceral representation of the horrors of war," Lee said. "In an offbeat interpretation inspired by Takashi Murakami, I used his psychedelic, vibrant style to bring a Spitfire plane to life as a monstrous being, emerging from a void."

"Phantom Thread" Poster by Flo Lau

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"Set in the fashion world, this film is about the tempestuous bond between a designer, Reynold Woodcock, and his muse, Alma," Lau said. "I was inspired by French artist Malika Favre; her clean, minimal graphics represent Reynolds' regimented daily routine while the intricate patterns speak to the complexity of his and Alma's relationship. My poster also references moments from the film including a mannequin and an unusual mushroom."

"The Post" Poster by Jenny Forrest

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"The Post is a film about words. At the heart of the film are thousands of pages that were never intended to be made public and the battle to print these words," Forrest said. "I found that this plot lent itself perfectly to a typographic poster, and looked to Ed Ruscha for inspiration. He's best known for distilling pop culture imagery into brief typographical codes and phrases." 

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