Hold onto your hats people, this might be the most exciting Oscar-themed story you read this week: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released an image of this year's official poster for the 84th Academy Awards.
Naturally the bright, shiny and exalted Oscar statuette is featured prominently, this year on the right side of the poster flanked by eight small black and white circular images that highlight scenes from seven previous best picture winners. There is Tom Hanks as "Forrest Gump," sitting on that famous bus stop bench, Marlon Brando as "The Godfather," Julie Andrews singing to the hills in "The Sound Of Music," Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh as Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind," Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman in "Driving Miss Daisy," James Dean in "Giant" (the one film featured that didn't win Best Picture, but was awarded Best Director for George Stevens), Russell Crowe as "Gladiator," Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca."
It's all so regal and polished. Not to mention the weighty tagline "Life. Camera. Action. Celebrate the movies in all of us."
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