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Iconic poster unveiled for 84th annual Academy Awards

Film buffs will love the poster created for the 2012 Oscars as it pays tribute to the classics from the past seventy years.

The poster for the 84th annual Academy Awards (pictured below right) was unveiled yesterday with the poignant taglines: “Celebrate the movies in all of us,” and “Life. Camera. Action.”

The 84th annual Academy Award poster.

The poster features images from iconic movies and characters, both loved and hated, from previous “Best Picture” winners:

Tom Hanks from Forrest Gump (1994)

Marlon Brando from The Godfather (1972)

Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music (1965)

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh from Gone with the Wind (1939)

Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy from Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Russell Crowe from Gladiator (2000)

Humphrey Bogart from Casablanca (1942)

In addition, one image is from a “Best Director” win:

James Dean from Giant (1956)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak discussed the emotional and creative thought behind the poster, “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.”

Renowned Hollywood graphic artist Anthony Goldschmidt designed the poster. Goldschmidt has produced over 30 famous movie posters including the 1990s Batman trilogy, Dante’s Peak, and A Time to Kill.

Promotion for the 2012 Oscars is well under way. Movie theatres will receive the above pictured poster along with other promotional materials beginning Jan. 6, 2012. Theatre guests will even be able to see a special Academy Awards theatrical trailer.

The Oscars is the oldest award show in entertainment history and is often regarded as the highest form of achievement for the cinematic industry. While the first ceremony in 1929 was not televised, the event has become an annual telecast tradition viewed in over 220 countries.

The 84th annual Academy Awards air live on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. EST on ABC.

Photo: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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