Official Poster for the 2012 Academy Awards

     December 28, 2011


It was a bumpy road getting there, but the 84th Academy Awards are on the schedule for February 26, 2012 with Billy Crystal at the helm.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled the official poster for the awards with the tagline “Celebrate the movies in all of us.”  The movies the poster celebrates are Gone with the Wind (1939), Casablanca (1943), Giant (1956), The Sound of Music (1965), The Godfather (1972), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Forrest Gump (1994) and Gladiator (2000).  Curiously, Giant stands out as the movie that did not win Best Picture, though George Stevens won Best Director.  Hit the jump for the poster.

The nominations will be announced on January 24.  Via the official Oscars site:


  • zootcatchy

    give Gary Oldman his long-deserved Oscar!

    • Jackson

      For what performance has he even deserved a nomination?

      He’s a great mimic, that doesn’t mean he’s a great actor.

      I’ll never understand the cult following he and Johnny Depp have.

      They always have their fans claiming they’ve been robbed so many times completely ignoring the fact they have never really given any Oscar worthy performances.

      • judson

        I’m willing to bet you’re not a member of the academy. Oldman is a great actor not a mimic. Watch Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy then call him a mimic. Then watch the mimic win an oscar.

      • meep

        What has Oldman’s career got to do with Depp’s? Or their respective fans? This comment is little more than LOL inducing. You’ve obviously not seen enough of Oldman’s work to make a statement – or judgement – worth my attention.

      • Jackson

        1. I’ve seen a lot of his movies.

        2. I didn’t say his career had anything to do with Johnny Depp’s. Re read my post.

        3. Judson, I’m not an Academy member. What’s your point? I don’t think he’s done anything that deserves an Oscar (and obviously the Academy doesn’t either. So you just contradicted yourself there).

        Gary Oldman is probably the only film actor where the majority of his work is crap, and then the second he makes a good movie the “overdue” thing begins.

        It’s particularly funny to me because these same people are the ones that attack guys like George Clooney or Brad Pitt, actors who are constantly in good movies.

      • Tob

        It’s funny that Oldman’s lack of Oscar nominations is actually the only card some people can play to “prove” their poor statement that he has never been Oscar worthy…

        And you seem to confuse good movies with good acting… in a good/great movie even a decent actor with some talent can look good… but in a bad movie? Only the great ones.

        @judson, I agree. Oldman was brilliant in Tinker. And then probably a mimic will win… (I’m looking at you, J. Edgar)

      • Jackson

        Tob, I guess it’s easier to attack the person you don’t agree with, but if you read all the posts you’d know I did not use Oldman’s lack of Oscar nominations to defend my case. In fact, it had nothing to do with what I was saying.

        She said that Oldman deserves his long-awaited Oscar and I said he hasn’t given an Oscar worthy performance ever. Judson fired back saying I’m not a member of the Academy and therefore my opinion didn’t matter, and I said that was a contradiction because obviously members of the Academy don’t think he’s deserved an Oscar either… So what are you talking about?

      • Amy

        Ugh. How can you even deny that Gary Oldman is a fantastic actor??? He doesn’t ‘mimic’ as you put it. He inhabits. Unlike all of these Hollywood big names, he doesn’t play Gary Oldman playing Beethoven or Sid Vicious or Joe Orton. He freaking becomes these people, adding more depth and complexity to these roles than any other actor could ever dream of having. And let’s not even start with the awesomeness that is his portrayal of messed-up, sadistic villains. Maybe you can’t see the talent because it’s too real. It’s not popping out of the screen saying “LOOKIT ME! I’M A STAR!” That’s why he’s underrated and always has been.

      • zootcatchy

        I would say he deserved an Oscar for Dracula (Bram Stocker’s Dracula, 1992), then at least a nomination for Stansfield (Leon, 1994), Ludwig van Beethoven (Immortal Beloved, 1994) and for Sid Vicious (Sid and Nancy, 1986).

        and frankly I haven’t seen JFK and TTSS yet.

        also read this:
        Allmovie has described Oldman as “capable of portraying almost any type of character”, and as having “consistently amazed viewers with his ability to completely disappear into his roles.” His performances during his career have provided inspiration for younger actors who would go on to enjoy successful Hollywood careers. Brad Pitt has described Oldman as his foremost acting “god”, while Daniel Radcliffe has cited Oldman as the actor whose career he would most like to emulate. Tom Hardy has named Oldman as his “hero”; Ryan Gosling has also named Oldman as his favourite actor. Other actors who have been influenced by Oldman include: Shia LaBeouf, Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Foster, Johnny Depp, Chris Pine, and Jason Isaacs. Dracula and Hannibal co-star, Anthony Hopkins, has described Oldman as “multi-talented”, and as possessing “a great genius and flair for creativity”, while Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy co-star Colin Firth described him as “a candidate for the title of ‘greatest living actor’.” Harry Potter co-star Ralph Fiennes said of Oldman, “I love Gary Oldman’s work. I just think he’s a genius actor.”

        Oldman has garnered critical acclaim for his diverse performances and portrayals of real-life historical figures and is noted for his avoidance of the Hollywood celebrity scene, often being referred to as an “actor’s actor”. Oldman’s performances have gained the admiration of prominent film critics: Roger Ebert has hailed him as “one of the great actors, able to play high, low, crass, noble”. He also said of Oldman, “like a few gifted actors, he is able to re-invent himself for every role”. Ebert’s co-presenter on the film review television show, At the Movies, Gene Siskel, described Oldman as a “wonderful” actor; following Siskel’s death in 1999, Oldman said, “it’s pretty overwhelming for a kid from South London to hear the two most important film critics in the world call you one of the greatest actors in the world.” Janet Maslin of The New York Times has described him as a “phenomenal” actor who “since Sid and Nancy has taken on a string of new accents and dramatic identities with stunning ease.”

        go watch his movies.

        I hope he finally gets his Oscar like Jeff Bridges finally got his in 2010.

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  • schoolfigures

    Academy Awards are February 26th – not the 12th. Check the poster.

    •!/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      My mistake. Fixed.

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  • rachel

    I dont care the others but I’m sure that Johnny Depp is a great actor and he really deserves an oscar for his long trajectory and the people who works in the Oscar know it what are you waiting for?..come on ..give the oscar to Johnny!

    • zootcatchy

      Gary first! he was never even nominated!