Oscars 2013: Academy unveils artwork inspired by best picture nominees

"Life of Pi" screen print, by artist Tom Whalen. Courtesy of Gallery1988 and A.M.P.A.S.

Many movie buffs consider film to be an art form, but this year's Oscar-nominated films have also inspired other works of art.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has teamed up with Los Angeles art gallery Gallery1988 for an exhibition called "For Your Consideration," featuring screen prints inspired by the nine best picture contenders.

The Academy and Gallery1988 commissioned a group of young international artists to create original screen prints inspired by the films in the running for Oscar's big prize. The participating artists and their respective movies are: Matt Owen ("Amour"); Anthony Petrie ("Argo"); Rich Kelly ("Beasts of the Southern Wild"); Mark Englert ("Django Unchained"); Phantom City Creative ("Les Miserables"); Tom Whalen ("Life of Pi"); Jeff Boyes ("Lincoln"); Joshua Budich ("Silver Linings Playbook"), and Godmachine ("Zero Dark Thirty").

"Working hand-in-hand with the Academy has been a dream come true for Gallery1988 and its artists," said Jensen Karp, co-owner and co-curator of Gallery1988. "So much inspiration has come from past Oscar telecasts as well as the amazing range of films that have been nominated this year. It was a perfect fit for our style of artwork and treatment, and we can't wait to show everyone the results of some of our most creative contemporary minds."

The screen prints will be on display Feb. 14-17 at Gallery1988 Melrose in Los Angeles. The prints are not for sale, but fans will have the chance to win limited-edition posters. On each day of the exhibition, Gallery1988 will give free posters away to the first 100 people to visit the gallery at a specific time -- more information can be found at its website. Those not in the Los Angeles area can find out about poster giveaways by following the Academy on Twitter and Facebook.

The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday, Feb. 24, at a ceremony broadcast live on ABC.

Click through the gallery above to see the "For Your Consideration" artwork.

  • Jessica Derschowitz

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