9:08am PT by Michael O'Connell
Academy Awards 'Celebrate the Movies' With New Oscar Poster
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released the poster for the 2012 Academy Awards on Wednesday morning. And it promises the 84th annual Oscars will celebrate -- as one might expect -- movies.
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Under the banner "Life. Camera. Action," the poster features eight Oscar-winning films from eight decades of the show. 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) make up the films highlighted.
Only one of them, however, did not win best picture. That distinction goes to Giant, which won George Stevens an Oscar for directing.
Academy President Tom Sherak addressed the chosen tagline, "Celebrate the movies in all of us," in an accompanying release.
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"Whether it's a first date or a holiday gathering with friends or family, movies are a big part of our memory," said Sherak. "The Academy Awards not only honor the excellence of these movies, but also celebrate what they mean to us as a culture and to each of us individually."
The poster is available for public download on the Oscar website.