Brilliant posters celebrate the Oscars

Sunday night is the biggest date in the film lover's bible, with the 88th Academy Awards taking place in Hollywood. Eight movies are up for the coveted Best Picture award, including The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant, with many more competing in other categories.

Oscars posters - The Martian

Brandon Lee's poster for The Martian is inspired by Mario Corea Aiello

Even if you're not paying attention to the ceremony itself, we've found a couple of fantastic designer projects celebrating some of the best films of the year in their own individual ways.

Shutterstock is marking this year's Oscars with Oscar Pop!, a set of posters created by its internal design team, using imagery from its massive image library in creative ways.

Oscars posters - The Revenant

Cristin Burton assembled pieces to create a vast, sinister, and lonely landscape for The Revenant

Rather than simply rework existing posters, the team took the films apart and rebuilt them through various visual styles, so as to try and give an intimate understanding of the plot and characters, as seen through the designers' personal interpretations of the films.

Oscars posters - Mad Max Fury Road

Jordan Roland looked to Warhol’s dictator portraits for this poster of Fury Road's Immortan Joe

The Oscar Pop set consists of The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, The Big Short, Brooklyn, Room, Spotlight and Bridge of Spies, with some really eye-catching work on show, inspired by the likes of Andy Warhol, Roy Liechtenstein and Stefan Sagmeister.

Oscars posters - Bridge of Spies

Here Jordan Roland uses a Soviet pop art style to summarise Bridge of Spies

And if you want to see what the finished work is made of, Shutterstock has put together an Oscar Pop! lightbox so that you can browse through all the source imagery that went to make up the posters.

On a slightly less diffident note, we love this alternative set of posters by The Shiznit that asks the important question: what would movie posters look like if they told the truth?

Oscars posters - All the Feels

Don't forget your tissues

The results are fantastic, hilarious and not entirely safe for work, giving the likes of Inside Out, The Danish Girl, Ex_Machina and The Hateful Eight a jolly good ribbing as they skewer the marketing talk with straight-up honesty.

Oscars posters - Would You?

Getting to the nub of Ex_Machina. Yeah, fair play

You can see the full set over at The Shiznit.

Oscars posters - Fucked By a Bear

If this doesn't make you want to see The Revenant then nothing will

Oscars posters - The Good Steve Jobs Movie

This needs to go on the cover of the DVD. Imagine picking the Ashton Kutcher one up by accident

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.