With the awards season wrapping up, we’ve seen no small amount of surprises. There are dozens of films worth mentioning from the past year alone, but here are a few of the most critically acclaimed, and the posters that go with them.
Hidden Figures tells the story of Katherine Goble, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan, all African-American women working for NASA during the height of the space race. Their contributions help put the first America Man into orbit, and then onto the moon, but until recently was rarely acknowledged. It received three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress.
The poster features the three women walking toward the viewer. We see them from a lower angle, giving them the appearance of powerful figures. Each of them makes eye contact, their chins high, shoulders back — they are confident in themselves and their work. In the background we see a shuttle taking off. They are unfazed by the event, remaining cool and collected in the face of all adversary. All three of them exude self-confidence. This is their story, and the poster makes it clear.
Hell or High Water is a neo-western film. It received four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Film Editing. Two brothers embark on a bank robbing crime spree to save their family ranch. The poster channels traditional films of the wild-west in its sepia tones, evoking the look of a dusty desert. Even the placement of Jeff Bridge’s character, Marcus Hamilton, is a nod to classic western movies, which can be seen in example like this John Wayne movie El Dorado. Hell or High Water tries to capture the spirit of a beloved American genre, and if their poster is anything to go by, they’ve managed to do it well.
Finally, we have Moonlight, winner of the Oscar’s Best Picture award, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor. Moonlight tells the story of a young African-American man, Chiron, in three episodes as he goes through life, first as a child, then as a teenager, and finally as an adult. It follows his personal struggles and in particular the relationship with his best friend, which eventually culminated romantically.
The poster reflects Chiron in all three parts. His child self, his adolescent self, and his older self. The picture appears fragmented, but upon closer examination it is simply three different facets of a whole, three parts of Chiron that make him who he is. It’s a simple but beautiful illustration of the importance of the three parts of the movie and how they come together to create Chiron’s identity and story.
These are just small tastes of what 2016 had to offer. For a complete list of the Oscar winners, head on over here!