Thousands of fans have begun to prepare for Oscars parties to find out which actors, actresses, and movies of the 88th Academy Awards will win a gold statue. As part of the celebration, Shutterstock\u2019s company designers have worked again this year to create fascinating pop art-inspired posters for popular films nominated by the Academy.\r\n\r\nLike the many of the different types of movies nominated for the Best Picture award, Shutterstock says its posters share a theme of endurance and testing how far you can stretch the lengths of human nature.\r\n"On the surface his work simply looks cool, but this shallow analysis misses the irony behind his cultural representations"\r\nWhen you think of many of this year\u2019s Best Picture nominees, movies like The Revenant, The Martian, and Mad Max share a common theme of strength, resilience, determination, and power. These themes are stunningly carried over into Shutterstock\u2019s pop-art posters this year.\u00a0Posters featured include Jordan Roland\u2019s Warhol-inspired Mad Max: Fury Road, which offer a take on Warhol\u2019s \u201csubversive dictator portraits to shape this poster of Immortan Joe,\u201d says the artist. In Cristin Burton\u2019s Flirst-inspired Oscar Pop 2016 The Revenant, the poster includes assembled pieces the artist used to \u201ccreate a vast, sinister, and lonely landscape.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe pop-art posters include a fun view of movies but also of topics that aren\u2019t so fun. In Flo Lau\u2019s The Big Short, inspired by Keith Haring, the artist chose a comedic approach to the dark subject of the bursting of the 2008 housing bubble.\r\n\r\nFlirst is a collage artist who assembles disparate pieces to explore how he can change the harmony of the whole. For my poster, a homage to The Revenant, I assembled pieces to create a vast, sinister, and lonely landscape. The poster features a figure with very few people on his side; this represents the film\u2019s main character, Hugh Glass, who was brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead in the winter wilderness.\r\n\u201cI wanted to portray the same witty chaotic vibe in my poster\u201d\r\nIn his \u201cBarcelona\u201d series, Mario Corea Aiello forms a grungy collage of newspaper and magazine cutouts and heavy paint strokes. I felt this style would parallel the vicious storm that left Mark Watney for dead on Mars in The Martian. For the color scheme, I deferred to Eric White\u2019s cover art from the original novel by Andy Weir to capture the characteristics of an otherworldly storm.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMy inspiration for this poster is one part Roy Lichtenstein and one part Stefan Sagmeister. Spotlight is about journalists uncovering a massive scandal in one of Boston\u2019s oldest institutions, and I found that the perfectly contradictory homophone \u201cpray\/prey\u201d encapsulates the shock and horror felt by the community when this scandal was made public.\r\n\r\nTo illustrate this, I pixelated an image of a priest, then tore off his head and replaced it with an image of a wolf.\u00a0I looked to Warhol\u2019s subversive dictator portraits to shape this poster of Immortan Joe.Warhol had a remarkable ability to distract from the meaning of his art. On the surface his work simply looks \u201ccool\u201d.\r\n\r\nMad Max: Fury Road has the same effect: The stylized nature of the film gets more attention than the meaning behind it.\r\n\r\nI chose to feature Immortan Joe because he is a terrible person, but his iconic look makes him instantly recognizable.\u00a0When I first read the plot summary for Room, I envisioned lonely, sterile characters, who had been institutionalized by their secluded environment.\r\n\r\nOf course, when I saw the movie that perception quickly changed; the characters are full of life, love, and joy, and the audience instantly empathizes with them on a raw, human level.\u00a0KAWS\u2019 statues play on a similar deceit. Initially they have a sterile, robotic feel, but when you view them in their human-scale sizes and see their playful aesthetic, you experience an unexpected sense of connection.\r\n\u201cWelcome to the Oscars, Or as some people like to call it, the white people\u2019s choice awards\u201d\r\nThe Big Short takes a comedic approach to a dark subject, and I wanted to portray the same witty, chaotic vibe in my poster. Keith Haring was my inspiration because his high-contrast, brightly colored political work, which touches on grim subjects like rape, death, and war, hinges on the same contrast as the film. The poster is based on the film\u2019s alligator-in-an-abandoned-pool scene; the alligator represents the main characters in the movie, who took advantage of the 2008 housing bubble and left the world in desperation when it burst.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nI chose to focus on the muddy gray areas and loopholes within Bridge of Spies. The Cold War was fueled by each side\u2019s increasingly dire hypotheticals, causing mass paranoia among citizens and governments alike.\r\n\r\nA large part of the film\u2019s narrative focuses on the extent of protection under the law, especially for a Soviet spy. I reimagined Lady Justice, mixing her blindfold with the American and Soviet flags to represent how both countries were tied to their individuals\u2019 principles of justice even while locked in an unending battle for the upper hand.\u00a0Set in the eponymous 1950s borough, Brooklyn features then-contemporary imagery that now exemplifies the commodification of Brooklyn as a global brand.\r\n\r\nJust as the Pop Art movement utilized mass advertising and irony to re-contextualize commercial art, I drew from today\u2019s vintage, artisanal design trends, which are inspired by that era and setting.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn that vein, I applied the animated footage and vector elements to illustrate how the contrasting settings of Brooklyn and Ireland re-contextualized the protagonist\u2019s identity through a fluctuating sense of \u201chome.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe 88th annual Academy Awards are underway, and viewers are anxiously awaiting the ceremony to find out if their favorite flicks and actors win, which categories will see big \u201cupsets,\u201d and which speeches and performances will stand out. Not to mention how host Chris Rock will approach the \u201cOscars So White\u201d controversy, and who he will target during the opening monologue. Did Leo finally take home a golden statue?\u00a0The buzz began during the red carpet events prior to the official event.\r\n\r\nJennifer Jason Leigh, nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Hateful Eight, seemed slightly out of it during her interview with Ryan Seacrest on E!\u2019s special. But arguably the biggest surprise was Best Actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role nominee Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) playing to their nostalgic fans by walking the red carpet together. Can you believe it\u2019s been nearly two decades since they starred together in the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic (which took home Best Picture)?\r\n\u201cIf hosts were nominated, I wouldn\u2019t be here; instead, you\u2019d have Neil Patrick Harris.\u201d\r\nRock, who addressed the issues with ease and expected humor, added that he did seriously consider quitting after so many people spoke out and pressured him to do so. \u201cBut the last thing I need is to lose another job to Kevin Hart,\u201d he said, as the crowd erupted in laughter (including Hart himself, who was in the audience).\r\n\r\nArguably, the best part of Rock\u2019s monologue was his blatant dig at Jada Pinkett-Smith and her vocal \u201cboycott\u201d of the Oscars. \u201cIsn\u2019t she on a TV show? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna\u2019s panties,\u201d he said.