Here are all of the Official Academy Awards Posters from 1960 through 2023. Although the Oscars go back 89 years, they didn’t begin producing promotional posters until 1960.
You may have seen others, but these are the “official” posters as stated by The Academy. As you can see, some are hideous and others are beautiful, and all are incredibly inconsistent. And it appears they abandoned the idea of “design” altogether regarding the posters in 2017.
Official Oscar Posters Since 1960
You will notice how they sometimes refer to the awards show as the Academy Awards, and at other times, The Oscars. Sometimes they mention the year, sometimes the number. Occasionally the date is added and at other times, the times of the telecast. They first added the website (.com) to the posters in 2005 and since then used that sporadically. Once in awhile the poster will feature the host. In 2006, the 78th Academy awards, they ran two different official posters (the female and the male clutching the statuette) and in 2015 they had multiple designers each create a version.
Below are all 56 in chronological order beginning with the first in 1960. Enjoy!
For the 85th annual Academy Awards show, the most beautiful unofficial poster received much attention and rightly so. I even wrote a blog post on that stunning poster by Olly Moss so one could see the details. Check out the Olly Moss 85th Oscar Poster here
And for the 86th Annual Academy Awards they also introduced two; One named “Liquid”, the other, “Spotlight”
In 2014, the posters prominently featured host Ellen Degeneres:
In 2015, the Academy invited various talented designers to each create a poster
The posters for 2016, the 88th Oscars:
And then everything changed. Beginning in 2017, they seem to have abandoned the idea of a poster ‘design’ in terms of aesthetics. Instead the posters merely communicate the host, date, time and place.
Whether this is due to the increased use of mobile devices or a lack of interest and funds, we can only speculate. Either way, they have since been and continue to be a disappointment.
The Covid pandemic cancelled poster designs for the Oscars ceremonies in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
In 2023 the awards ceremony has resumed with the official poster featuring host Jimmy Kimmel with his three Oscars:
And there you have it. All of the Official Oscar Posters to date.
Oscar posters courtesy of the Academy’s digital archives.