For this category, I didn't consider only movies that I've seen. I looked through hundreds of this year's movie posters to come up with these 5 nominees. There is one stipulation, however. In order for a poster to be eligible for this award, the movie it is advertising had to be released in theaters in 2014. Posters for 2015 movies that came out this year will be carried over to next year's awards ceremony. Now with that out of the way, here are my top 5 choices!
Favorite Movie Poster Nominees:
The Theory of Everything
This poster is simply delightful. It's romantic, it's playful, and it's beautifully colored. I love its play on gravity, with the image flipped 90 degrees. The semi-transparent chalk writing is a nice added touch that highlights the mathematical theories of Hawking's work. These two lovers are adorable. My only knock on it is that Stephen Hawking looks like a dead ringer for Austin Powers. Yeah, baby!
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
This poster for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For was actually banned for being too revealing, before being touched up and reissued. All indecency aside, this is a fantastic poster that captures the style of Sin City remarkably well. It's classic film noir and is a perfect representation of the dame to kill for, Ava Lord. It's stylish, sexy, and cool, which is everything the first film was and that this sequel sadly isn't.
I gotta hand it to The Interview for having such a great poster. It's miles above any of the other movie posters starring the comedic duo of Seth Rogen and James Franco. It has a beautifully illustrated art style, which actually parodies popular North Korean propaganda. This stylish and clever poster really pops out with its vibrant colors, and it tells you all you need to know about the movie.
This alternative poster for Dracula Untold is pretty freaking rad, by my standards. I'm still struggling to understand why it wasn't the movie's primary poster. It's fairly simple, but that doesn't make it any less cool. The real kicker here is Dracula's cape transforming into bats. Though it is perhaps a bit too reminiscent of Batman Begins. Still, I love the image, with its muted coloring and gloomy style.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel's had a lot of great movie posters, but I think this poster for Guardians of the Galaxy might just be their very best yet. I love the colors and excitement of the poster, which make it stand out. It's exciting, fun, and action-packed. It's ideal for a big, wild, summer blockbuster like Guardians. Even with so much going on in the poster, it's put together expertly without feeling crammed.
And the Winner Is...
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy has the kind of poster that made me super stoked to see the movie. The film had an excellent marketing campaign, establishing itself as the must-see movie event of the summer, and indeed it was. It went on to become the second highest grossing film of 2014. Of course, the poster can't take all the credit for that, but it's still extraordinary nonetheless. It encapulates all of the crazy sci-fi superhero madness of the movie, while accentuating its coolness over its comedy. The poster shows that the Guardians of the Galaxy mean business, and that you'd be wise not to mess with them!
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