Best Picture, in black and white

Posted by · 12:06 pm · February 21st, 2011

These hit the web last week, but I was distracted with Berlin matters. There’s no sell-by date on pretty pictures, after all. And these are particularly pretty: every year, BAFTA commissions an illustrator to design brochure artwork for each of the group’s five Best Film nominees. This year’s artist, Adam Simpson, has taken a highly stylized monochrome approach; my favorite, this solemn image for “The King’s Speech,” rather puts all the film’s own posters to shame. Full image, plus another good one, after the cut.

View the rest at BAFTA’s website here.

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  • 1 2-21-2011 at 12:58 pm

    geha714 said...

    The posters of Black Swan and Inception are just as good.

  • 2 2-21-2011 at 1:19 pm

    SJG said...

    The only one that works for me is “The King’s Speech”. The others feel a tad too… obvious.

    Guy sits alone at his computer.
    Girl with horse looks out over countryside.
    Ballerina dances in front of ghoulish broken mirror.
    Okay, that house must pull everything together.

    But, hmm… a man with epaulets stands curiously before a divan with an ominous shadow on the wall… tell me more.

    TKS’s poster was the only one that actually appeared to be trying to “look into” the movie. The others just kind of presented some fact, as it were.

  • 3 2-21-2011 at 1:22 pm

    Maxim said...

    “Guy sits alone at his computer.”

    No comment about the spotlight? It makes that poster, imo.

  • 4 2-21-2011 at 1:22 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Eh, I don’t think “The King’s Speech” one is particularly subtle or anything either. What makes these so good is the rendering of light and shadow as well as the lovely, spare compositions.

  • 5 2-21-2011 at 1:37 pm

    Afrika said...


  • 6 2-21-2011 at 3:13 pm

    The Dude said...

    Other than the “True Grit” poster (which, while good, looks like the artist just phoned it in), I love all of these. “The Social Network” one is the most striking to me, but they’re all superb.

  • 7 2-21-2011 at 3:27 pm

    Len said...

    True Grit looks more like “On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity”

  • 8 2-21-2011 at 8:19 pm

    red_wine said...

    I’d seen this earlier, The King’s Speech poster is superb indeed. Though its not a scene from the film, it is appropriately grand and solemn.

  • 9 2-21-2011 at 8:20 pm

    tintin(uruguay) said...

    And the oscar goes to…The King Speech!


    Go TS3, Black Swan and TSN!!!!!!!!!

  • 10 2-21-2011 at 8:25 pm

    Speaking English said...

    If only “The King’s Speech” had felt as grand as that artwork.

  • 11 2-21-2011 at 8:31 pm

    Afrika said...

    Speaking English
    That’s your opinion, not fact. For the rest of America, it felt grand.

  • 12 2-21-2011 at 9:53 pm

    Dooby said...

    All so beautiful!

  • 13 2-22-2011 at 3:36 pm

    jlu said...

    i just could NOT believe this:

    and i saw this the day AFTER i read THIS post!


    read NOW:

    remember your absolute LOVE of THAT WALL in ‘tks’? check THIS out:

  • 14 2-22-2011 at 5:28 pm

    Speaking English said...

    LOL that’s pretty funny.