Best Picture race, illustrated

Posted by · 5:32 am · February 24th, 2010

This is a terrific idea that the Academy really ought to steal, particularly in light of this year’s dismal official Oscar poster. BAFTA commissioned Dutch Uncle Agency illustrator Tavis Coburn to create designs for each of their five Best Film nominees, for use on this year’s official BAFTA programme covers. The retro-inspired results are quite gorgeous. My two favorites below; the rest here.

Official BAFTA programme design for An EducationOfficial BAFTA programme design for The Hurt Locker




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  • 1 2-24-2010 at 5:38 am

    James D. said...

    Why does Carey Mulligan look like Alfred E. Neuman?

  • 2 2-24-2010 at 5:40 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    The Hurt Locker poster looks like a retro sci-fi movie.

    My favorite might actually be Up in the Air, and the Precious sheet doesn’t work at all in my opinion.

  • 3 2-24-2010 at 6:01 am

    Megan said...

    I’m with Guy on the best two. I don’t particularly care for the others. But something like Avatar doesn’t fit in with the retro style, anyway.

    He should design posters for the other five; Basterds, Up, and a Serious Man would look particularly bitchin’.

  • 4 2-24-2010 at 6:01 am

    Nick Davis said...

    Agreed that they haven’t quite captured Carey. But, I love the implied collision with her head, and the subtle (?) incorporation of plaid.

  • 5 2-24-2010 at 6:35 am

    Kyle said...

    The Up in the Air poster looks like George W. Bush is the star.

  • 6 2-24-2010 at 6:43 am

    RyanT said...

    My favorite posters are for The Hurt Locker and Avatar. Though all of the posters are quite striking, my eyes keep going to those two posters.

  • 7 2-24-2010 at 6:44 am

    Mike_M said...

    Up in the Air is my fav… agree with James D that Mulligan looks like Neuman, hahaha.

    The hurt Locked one reminds me of 2001 or something…

  • 8 2-24-2010 at 6:49 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    As to the Carey illustration, I didn’t think they were supposed to be direct likenesses — Renner and Clooney are only vaguely captured, too. I got the idea that he was going more for those generic types that people 1960s advertising.

  • 9 2-24-2010 at 6:51 am

    stylewriter said...

    As someone who admittedly does not understand what I call the Hand Arts (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.), I think they all suck.

  • 10 2-24-2010 at 7:50 am

    SJG said...

    The “An Education” poster is definitely the best, although I would think the setting of the film makes it easier for that sort of retro-art.

    “The Hurt Locker” ‘s poster didn’t really work for me simply because I kept thinking, “That’s not really what the face masks in ‘Avatar’ looked like…” It just didn’t even register that it wasn’t a sci-fi poster until I clicked over to the website and saw the actual “Avatar” poster.

    But the worst, IMHO, was “Up in the Air”. It’s just George Clooney doing a cocky walk with some generic air-travel background. Most of the others at least have some sort of motif that hints at thematic issues in the film: the broken heart in Precious’ earring, the pencils and rulers in the “An Education” poster, the human flesh beneath the avatar, etc.

  • 11 2-24-2010 at 7:54 am

    Jack said...

    The ‘Up In The Air’ poster reminds me a lot of 2003’s ‘Catch Me If You Can’.

  • 12 2-24-2010 at 8:10 am

    Zach said...

    I would love to see what they did with District 9 and Up. That’s all I’m saying.

  • 13 2-24-2010 at 8:22 am

    cineJAB said...

    these are a good idea… i don’t really like any of them though.

  • 14 2-24-2010 at 10:15 am

    Mike said...

    They are too ‘artsy’ for the Oscars. Even though something like this would class it up a bit [which is what they want, right?], it isn’t mainstream like Alec and Steve doing lame poses on a giant statuette.

  • 15 2-24-2010 at 10:15 am

    linaf said...

    this is actually pretty cool

  • 16 2-24-2010 at 1:26 pm

    Fitz said...

    Mr. Coburn shouldn’t restrict himself to the BAFTA nominees; do Basterds, Up, Serious Man. Maybe even Moon?

  • 17 2-24-2010 at 2:02 pm

    Simone said...

    The ‘Up in the Air’ art is gorgeous. It would have been nice to see what an Inglourious Basterds one look like.

  • 18 2-24-2010 at 6:40 pm

    Patryk said...

    I think they’re gorgeous. Especially the one for “An Education.”
    Love the auto. Reminds me of how the film was slighted in the design categories.

  • 19 2-24-2010 at 7:48 pm

    Kevin said...

    I can’t quite put my figner on it but the elegant simplicity of the “Air” poster caught my eye instantly, although my favourite is definitely the clever designs for “An Education”. I didn’t even realise there were pencils and rulers (a reference to the themes of literary education in the movie) until an eagle-eyed commenter mentioned it! That makes it doubly impressive. Very subtle but effective work. I would definitely support such artwork being replicated for the Oscars.

  • 20 2-25-2010 at 12:26 am

    Glenn said...

    These are so fun.