According to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this year's Oscar Best Picture award will be announced on February 24th. In honor of this, the AMPAS has sent out a press release announcing the new features and ideas behind the 80th anniversary Oscar Best Picture ceremony poster:

In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled today the latest edition of its Best Picture poster.

Designed by Alex Swart, the poster features a spiraling gold ribbon containing the one-sheets for all the Best Picture winners, forming the shape of the Oscar statuette. "I wanted to incorporate art from all the Best Picture winners in a single iconic shape that expressed the continuum that is Oscar," said Swart.

Currently only the 79 known Best Picture winners are shown in the poster. The 80th Best Picture winner will be added on Oscar Sunday, February 24, immediately following the Academy Awards presentation.

Swart, head of SwartAd, a marketing design agency, designed the official posters of the 73rd and 75th Academy Awards as well as previous editions of the Best Picture poster.

The 27 x 40-inch poster is printed on premium quality, Forest Stewardship Certified paper. The poster will be available for purchase on the Academy's Web site at http://www.oscars.org/publications/ or by calling 1-800-993-4567. Posters will be shipped in March 2008.

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.

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