Fast cars, sad clowns, childhood fascism. Family and independence, rich and poor, love and divorce. An urgent message, an alternate timeline, an unsolved murder. While it might be easy to boil down this year’s Academy Award Best Picture nominees to a few simple words, it leaves out so much from the array of powerful and deeply-felt stories that captivated audiences and critics alike. That’s why Shutterstock’s brilliant in-house design team revisits the Oscar Pop! challenge each year — to show how art and design can uniquely reveal and reinterpret these films.
Shutterstock’s eighth annual Oscar Pop! poster series reimagines movie posters for the 2020 Academy Award Best Picture nominees using world-famous pop artists as inspiration, and Shutterstock’s collection of over 300 million photos, vectors, patterns, and textures as a design toolbox. From street art to collage to superflat to grunge, Shutterstock’s designers each channelled the style and aesthetic of a particular artist, capturing the spirit of the films with the surprising possibilities of stock.
See the posters below, and learn how the designers blended inspiration from iconic artists with the stories of the nominated films to create them. Play through the time-lapse video to see how each designer created their poster by weaving Shutterstock images into their original graphics.