Shutterstock’s 2018 Oscar Pop! Poster Series Draws Inspiration from Iconic Pop Artists

Festivals & Awards, Innovation

Shutterstock, Inc., a leading global technology company offering a creative platform for high-quality assets, tools and services, today launched its sixth annual Oscar Pop! poster series that celebrates Best Picture nominees for the 90th Academy Awards. Shutterstock’s talented team of in-house designers seek new inspiration in the challenge to reinterpret the nine nominated films by channeling aesthetics from a variety of artists, both original and contemporary, from around the world. Each of the posters are created using imagery from Shutterstock’s collection of over 180 million images.v

The creative process involves each designer selecting one of this year’s leading films to analyse and then identifying an artist to draw inspiration from to re-imagine a movie poster. The collection of re-imagined movie posters honors the legacy of icons like Kiki Kogelnik, an Austrian painter, sculptor and print-maker, while also taking cues from contemporary artists like Takashi Murakami, a Japanese artist known for his immediately recognizable candy-like colors and anime-esque aesthetic.

This year’s list of nominated films and the artist inspiration for each includes:

  • “Call Me by Your Name” By Tim Harrison, Art Director at Shutterstock – artist inspiration from James Rosenquist
  • “Darkest Hour” by Alice Li, Senior Email & Web Developer at Shutterstock – artist inspiration from Richard Hamilton

  • “Dunkirk” by Brandon Lee, Senior Designer at Shutterstock – artist inspiration from Takashi Murakami
  • “Get Out” by Alice Lee, Graphic Designer at Shutterstock – artist inspiration from Keith Haring
  • “Lady Bird” by Brenda Luu, Graphic Designer at Shutterstock – artist inspiration from Mel Ramos
  • “Phantom Thread” by Florence Lau, Art Director at Shutterstock – artist inspiration from Malika Favre
  • “The Post” by Jenny Forrest, Senior Brand Designer at Shutterstock – artist inspiration from Ed Ruscha

  • “The Shape of Water” by Kia Delgado, Graphic Designer at Shutterstock – artist inspiration from Kiki Kogelnik

  • “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” by Jackelyne Castillo, Performance Designer at Shutterstock – artist inspiration from Olly Moss


“This year’s nominations illustrate a wide range of time periods from the early days of World War II to modern day America, each with a storyline that is primarily dramatic in nature making them the perfect inspiration for a new, more colourful interpretation” said Shutterstock’s Curator, Robyn Lange. “This is a creative tradition we look forward to every year and it is an opportunity to display the incredible artwork of our contributor community while also celebrating the talent of visionary artists, directors, producers and designers.”

Shutterstock photographers will be covering celebrity arrivals on the red carpet, as well as the press room and a number of parties at the 90th Academy Awards event on Sunday, March 4th.

Shutterstock is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 350,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 180 million images and more than 9 million video clips available.