An Oscar poster worth talking about

9576__oscarposter_l The Academy unveiled the 2007 Oscar poster (pictured) yesterday, and it’s pretty cool. As you can see, the theme this year is memorable lines of dialogue from Oscar-nominated pictures, which is a nice backhanded reminder of the importance of good screenwriting at a time when Hollywood is bracing for a writers’ strike.

All but one of the lines quoted on the poster come from movies nominated for Best Picture or Best Screenplay Oscars since 1936; the Academy has said it will host several trivia contests inspired by the poster, including one to guess what the odd line out is. (Yes, I know which one it is; you can figure it out fairly easily if you visit, where they’ve helpfully blown up the poster and transcribed all the lines on it.)

Here’s a trivia idea: who is the most quoted actor or actress on the poster? (Probably actor; the list seems to skew heavily male.) I count six, possibly seven lines uttered by Jack Nicholson. More to the point, does anyone know who the most quoted screenwriter on the poster is? I count three lines written by Billy Wilder, but someone else may have written more.

Any lines from eligible movies that you think should have made the cut? Speak now, PopWatchers.


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  • Karen

    Any idea where I could get the poster?

  • Brandon

    May the Force Be With You.
    I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

  • lemon

    It’s a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he’s got and all he’s ever gonna have.
    – Unforgiven
    Some folks call it a sling blade

  • Redgie

    Here’s looking at you, Kid;
    Of all the ginjoints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine;
    Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship;
    Anything from CASABLANCA!!
    I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.- THE GODFATHER
    My Precious! – LORD OF THE RINGS
    I’m the King of the World! – Titanic
    No wire hangers!! – Mommie Dearest

  • Jen

    I’m pretty sure that Wall Street wasn’t nominated, even though Michael “I married up” Douglas won for best actor.
    I agree, May the Force Be With You should be on. As well as “There is no Spoon”. I know it wasn’t nominated, but that was a pretty important movie.

  • KillerParties

    Well, I figured out the exception. I won’t spoil it here. But it’s not Wall Street.
    Why do I fall in love with every woman I see who shows me the least bit of attention?
    -Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

  • Charlie

    Could it be “A golf course is nothing but a pool room moved outdoors”? That sounds like Caddyshack, and I don’t think that was ever nominated.

  • furry_tom

    “Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating” is
    my favorite line from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the unfortunate thing is that Jim Carrey is so understated in that role that the only line that would probably make a poster like this would be “Meet me in Montauk.”

  • furry_tom

    RE: A golf course is nothing but a pool room moved outdoors.
    I just googled it, it’s from a movie called Going My Way, which won best picture in 1944.

  • furry_tom

    Ah, I see what it is. According to IMDB, it won a Razzie for worst director and a Saturn award for best director.

  • Mozz

    Well, under the oscar, they should scroll, the one thought that will go inside every winners head on Oscar Night: MY PRECIOUS!

  • lemon

    I need to know which movie it is – it’s driving me crazy. I think I know but I’m not sure. Help!

  • kl0

    im pretty sure eternal sunshine of the spotless mind was nominated for screenplay, i remember i was rooting for it, so that must not be it…

  • mikey

    “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” -APOCALYPSE NOW
    “Yo, Adrian!”
    “Cut me, Mick.”
    I agree that both “May the force be with you” and “My Precious!” should be there in place of the other lines from those two movies.

  • Dominique L.

    I also figured it out. Pretty easy actually.

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