Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 Oscar contender billboards...

Boyhood Oscar nominee billboard
Now that this year's Golden Globes and SAG Awards are out of the way, the skies of L.A. have turned into a battlefield trying to sway Academy voters and influence their choice of which deserving films, directors, actors and more, should win those coveted golden statues.

Boyhood may have taken home the Best Picture Golden Globe and Patricia Arquette nabbed a Globe and Sag Award for her supporting role as the mother of a boy whose life we follow over a span of twelve years, but Birdman has been winning accolades like the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast and the Directors Guild of America Award

It's no wonder then, that these green billboards for Boyhood, like this one snapped along Ventura Boulevard in Studio City on February 4, 2015, seem to be everywhere around the streets of L.A. at the moment.
Imitation Game Oscar billboard
Another film in the running for Best Motion Picture of the Year is The Imitation Game, about the true story of British gay genius Alan Turing (portrayed by Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch), whose efforts deciphering the Nazi Enigma Code Machine communications helped the Allies save millions of lives during World War II

Later persecuted for being a homosexual by his own country after his invaluable contribution to the war effort and resulting in his death, you can see why the studio opted for the emotive 'Honor the man. Honor the film.' approach (although we're sure Turing would have spelt it with 'honour').

This billboard was spied along the Sunset Strip on February 4, 2015, and it's always such a shame that the studios only choose to promote these biopic dramas with some outdoor ads once the accolades have come in, rather than when they are being released in cinemas.  
American Sniper Oscar nominee billboard
One movie that did receive a strong outdoor ad campaign before it opened was American Sniper, which has now grossed over $282 million already at the U.S. box office despite being described by many as pro-war propaganda. 

This Oscar nominee billboard was snapped along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip on February 3, 2015 and if you like this, be sure to check out these American Sniper theatrical movie billboards from before Christmas.
Whiplash Oscar nominee billboard
Whiplash movie billboard Nov 2014
Whiplash's J. K. Simmons has already won a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award for his supporting actor role as an instructor pushing a drumming prodigy (Miles Teller) to achieve his full potential at all costs.

The white Academy Award nominations billboard was snapped on February 1, 2015, whilst the black background version was photographed back on November 16, 2014 in the same Sunset Strip ad location.
Foxcatcher Oscar nominee billboard
Foxcatcher movie billboard Nov 2014
Another Oscar contender for Best Picture, directing, writing, acting and hair and makeup categories (for their incredible transformation of Steve Carell) is Foxcatcher, which is another movie based on true events about the Olympic Wrestling Shultz Brothers whose lives are dramatically altered when a multimillionaire sponsor ingratiates his way into their lives.

This Oscar nominee billboard was snapped on February 4, 2015, whilst the darker version was captured in the same Sunset Boulevard location on November 17, 2014.
Still Alice Oscar nominee billboard
Still Alice movie billboard Dec 2014
Representing the women in this field of Oscar contenders, already widely criticised for lacking in racial and gender diversity, is the wonderful Julianne Moore for her nuanced Best Actress nominated role as an accomplished linguistics professor diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

This Academy Award nominee billboard for the actress who has already taken home a BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award, was spied along the Sunset Strip on February 1, 2015, whilst the earlier version was snapped on December 6, 2014.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 Oscar nominee billboard
In the world of feature animation and Golden Globe winner How to Train Your Dragon 2 could really use this win to help the struggling DreamWorks Animation Studios. This sweet billboard featuring 'Hiccup' and his Night Fury dragon 'Toothless' was spotted at the start of February also along the crowded Sunset Strip.

If you're a fan of the movie sequel, be sure to check out these other How to Train Your Dragon 2 movie billboards from around the skies of L.A. last May.
Big Hero 6 Oscar billboard
Another original animated feature up against DreamWorks sequel is Disney's first animated foray using Marvel Comics characters, Big Hero 6, taking a Z-List Japanese superhero group and injecting real heart, especially with the lovable inflatable breakout star, 'Baymax'.

You can almost see the similarities between these two animated Oscar movie billboards, and this Big Hero 6 version was snapped along Barham Boulevard on February 7, 2015. Be sure to check out these other Big Hero 6 movie billboards for more of Baymax.
Virunga Documentary Oscar nominee billboard
And finally here's a really striking visual for Netflix mountain gorilla environmental documentary Virunga. This Academy Award nominee billboard was photographed along Sunset Boulevard on February 4, 2015, whilst the earlier 'For your consideration' version was spied on December 26, 2014 at the same site.

As you can see the skies of L.A., especially along the highly trafficked Sunset Strip, are jam-packed with Oscar ad creatives at the moment. Daily Billboard is sure the skies will become even more crowded before the annual awards on February 22, 2015.

Who do you think should take home the Oscar this year?
Virunga Documentary billboard
UPDATED: Also in the running for best documentary this year is Citizenfour, the documentary about Edward Snowden and the U.S. covert-surveillance scandal. This Oscar nominee billboard for the documentary feature was snapped along Sunset Boulevard on February 17, 2015.
Citizenfour documentary Oscar billboard

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