Our designers draw inspiration from pop artists across the globe, reimagining the movie posters for the 2018 Academy Award Best Picture nominees.

A small town shaken by tragedy, a world at war, a shadowy research lab, a dreamy 1980s Italy, and an unsuspectingly dark suburbia. This year’s Best Picture nominees span many periods and places, so it’s fitting that the artist inspiration for this year’s Oscar Pop! are tied to many cultures, from America and the UK to Japan, France, and Austria.

Each year, our designers reimagine the Academy Award Best Picture nominees in the style of an artist who inspires them, using Shutterstock’s collection of photos, vectors, and illustrations. Now in its sixth year, the Oscar Pop! challenge is one of our designers’ favorite ways to experiment with new styles and see what’s possible with Shutterstock content.

With such a diverse set of nominees, from war films and coming-of-age dramas, to a nostalgia-laden monster flick and a rare horror film entry, the 2018 batch of posters is an intriguing interpretation of several genres in an array of styles.

Take a look at the finished designs below, along with some thoughts from the designers on their creations.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Oscar Pop! The 2018 Best Picture Nominees as Pop Art Posters – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Movie Poster

Poster by Jackelyne Castillo

English artist Olly Moss is famous for reinventing movie posters so he seemed like the perfect choice for this project. 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.

The Shape of Water

Oscar Pop! The 2018 Best Picture Nominees as Pop Art Posters – The Shape of Water Movie Poster

Poster by Kia Delgado

The Shape of Water is about Elisa, a mute woman who falls in love with a humanoid aquatic creature. 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.

Dunkirk

Oscar Pop! The 2018 Best Picture Nominees as Pop Art Posters – Dunkirk Movie Poster

Poster by Brandon Lee

Watching Dunkirk, I was struck by the film’s visceral representation of the horrors of war. 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.

Get Out

Oscar Pop! The 2018 Best Picture Nominees as Pop Art Posters – Get Out Movie Poster

Poster by Alice Lee

Though he’s known for his colorful dancing figures, much of Keith Haring’s work was darker, dealing with violence and fear. 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.

Lady Bird

Oscar Pop! The 2018 Best Picture Nominees as Pop Art Posters – Lady Bird Movie Poster

Poster by Brenda Luu

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

Phantom Thread

Oscar Pop! The 2018 Best Picture Nominees as Pop Art Posters – Phantom Thread Movie Poster

Poster by Flo Lau

Set in the fashion world, this film is about the tempestuous bond between a designer, Reynold Woodcock, and his muse, Alma. 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.

Darkest Hour

Oscar Pop! The 2018 Best Picture Nominees as Pop Art Posters – Darkest Hour Movie Poster

Poster by Alice Li

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. Included in the poster are significant elements from Darkest Hour as Churchill takes leadership of a nation at war.

Call Me By Your Name

Oscar Pop! The 2018 Best Picture Nominees as Pop Art Posters – Call Me By Your Name Movie Poster

Poster by Tim Harrison

James Rosenquist took imagery from ads, photos, and periodicals and created mysterious, bold compositions with them. 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.

The Post

Oscar Pop! The 2018 Best Picture Nominees as Pop Art Posters – The Post Movie Poster

Poster by Jenny Forrest

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. 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.


Take a look at our Oscar Pop! 2018 collection to see all of the Shutterstock photos, vectors, and illustrations used to make these posters.

Want more Oscar Pop? Check out previous years’ posters to get inspired by more Pop Art style.

Oscar Pop! 2017 – Moonlight, La La Land, and More
Oscar Pop! 2016 – Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, and More
Oscar Pop! 2015 – Birdman, Whiplash, and More
Oscar Pop! 2014 – 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and More
Oscar Pop! 2013 – Argo, Django Unchained, and More