A design originally conceived by legendary motion picture poster illustrator Drew Struzan and executed by his son, Christian, has been chosen as the official poster of the Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences' 80th Academy Awards.
The artwork features the iconic Oscar glowing among bright lights against a black background. "Drew and Christian have captured the allure and excitement that surround both the Oscar itself and the ceremony at which they are presented," said Academy President Sid Ganis.
For more than 30 years, Drew Struzan has created some of cinema's most memorable advertising posters, including the one-sheets for all six of George Lucas' "Star Wars" films and, most recently, the key art for Steven Spielberg's upcoming feature, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."
"This poster depicts the impact and the emotion of the Oscars," said Drew Struzan. "We wanted to project the anticipation and thrill generated for one of the most recognized icons in the world," Christian Struzan added.
Christian Struzan, with his creative team at XL Laboratories, Inc., designed and produced the poster for the Academy. The company has created poster art for such films as Sweet Home Alabama, Mr. Deeds, Hellboy, Sideways and Elizabethtown.
Starting today, more than 50,000 posters will be distributed worldwide. The 27x40-inch poster is printed on premium quality, Forest Stewardship Certified paper.
The 80th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2008, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2007 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.