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Olly Moss Oscar Poster 2013

For 85 years, the Oscar statue has been the symbol of the ceremony, evolving into a mythic icon with its own storied history. Now master artist Olly Moss has transformed that perfectly postured, bald man into a sexy hitchhiker, a southern belle, a skull-carrying Danish prince, a pudgy butcher, a chariot racer, a Shark (or a Jet?), a chauffeur, a little girl in a red dress, a king of the world, a bomb disposal technician and 75 other figures from Best Picture winners. It’s also a fun game to see if you can spot all the winners and the characters he’s chosen to represent each. My personal favorites include the statues for The Godfather, The Deer Hunter, Casablanca and American Beauty, but there’s a kind of brilliance in what he did for the Oscar winner of 2001. Check out the hi-res poster over at Moss’ website and play along.

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In February 2010, Alyson Krier held her first Oscar statue and subsequently started a foolish cinematic journey to watch every movie that had ever been nominated for Best Picture by the Academy. Her plan was to do it in a year. That’s 470 films (about 9 a week) for 52 weeks. The Best Picture Project was born. Yes, it’s perfectly fine to be formulating your own journey now. It’s a great idea. Krier will join us on Reject Radio this Sunday to discuss the usual news bits, review Season of the Witch, do a little property damage, and then settle in to talk about the best movies of all time (and the average movies that sneaked into the pack). The show airs live Sunday, January 9th at 10pm EST (4am Oslo Time), but you can download it for your listening convenience on the following Monday. It promises to be a perfect primer to Oscar season, and since she’s been knee-deep in those movies, she probably can’t even get near re-capping 2010. You’re welcome.

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Driving Miss Daisy is one of three films in history, and the only one in modern history, to do something incredible at the Academy Awards. Find out what the phenomenon is inside.

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Of the 79 Best Pictures named, some films have stood the test of time and remain classics while others are have become duds that leave the viewer scratching their head.

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