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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri minimal move poster

Oscars 2018 Best Picture nominees illustrated as minimal posters

Netherlands-based designer Chungkong has created graphics to represent some of the movies up for the biggest accolade at this weekend's Academy Awards ceremony.

Chungkong produced minimal posters for six of the nine Best Picture 2018 nominees ahead of the 90th Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, on Sunday evening.

Dunkirk minimal movie poster

The colourful designs are intended to capture the essence of the movies in as little detail as possible. Oriented portrait, each features the movie's title and a director credit at the top, and a summarising quote from the film in smaller text towards the bottom.

Chungkong's poster for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, shows the trio of large advertising boards that the protagonist – played by Best Actress nominee Frances McDermott – uses to provoke the local police force in the hope of finding her daughter's murderer.

The Shape of Water minimal movie poster

Director Christopher Nolan's second world war epic Dunkirk is represented by an upside-down helmet rendered in blue-grey tones, matching the film's cinematography.

Another war movie, Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, features the silhouettes of Spitfire aircraft over the clock face on London's Houses of Parliament.

Phantom Thread minimal movie poster

The Shape of Water, a love story by Guillermo del Toro about a mute cleaning lady that falls in love with an aquatic humanoid creature, is depicted with the outlines of their faces covered with bubbles – all in blue-green shades.

For 1950s period drama Phantom Thread, red stitches are sewn into a purple background, while the graphic for political thriller The Post is linked to its US newsroom theme using a typewriter with keys patterned like the American flag.

The Post minimal movie poster

Missing from the set are Call Me By Your Name, Get Out and Lady Bird, which round off the list of nominees this year.

However, Chungkong also created posters for Loving Vincent and Boss Baby – both nominated in the Animated Feature category.

Darkest Hour minimal movie poster

The designer told Dezeen that he has designed a minimal poster for almost every movie he has ever seen.

"A few years ago it began as a sort of strange but nice hobby, but now is literally an addiction," he said. "I've minimalised over 900 titles so far, and still counting. It has come to a point that I can not watch a movie anymore without thinking, 'what would my minimal movie poster look like?'"

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri minimal move poster

Of the Best Picture nominees this year, Chungkong believes the winner is a no-brainer. "I think the big winner will be Three Billboards," he predicted. "By far the best one. It has already won the BAFTA for best movie and actress."

The Oscars takes place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday 4 March 2018, with TV coverage beginning at 5pm PST.

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