Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, the two co-hosts of the 2010 Academy Awards ceremony, are featured on the shoulders of a gigantic Oscar statuette in the official poster of the March 7 telecast. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that the poster is now available for purchase.
According to the Academy's press release, “the 27×40-inch color poster is printed on premium quality, Forest Stewardship Certified paper. LA-based creative shop Omelet is responsible for the concept and execution of the design.” This year's Oscar ceremony slogan is “You've Never Seen Oscar Like This.”
Posters are available for purchase on the Academy's Web site at http://www.oscars.org/academy/posters-books/posters/ or by calling 1-877-335-8936. Each poster is $25, plus shipping and handling. This is the only 82nd Academy Awards commemorative item available for sale to the public. Thousands of posters will also be distributed to a variety of venues worldwide.
According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' press release, for the first time Academy Award winners will be able to have their Oscar statuettes personalized with engraved nameplates right at the Governors Ball, the Academy's official party immediately following the 2010 Academy Awards on Sunday, March 7.
Also from the press release: “In preparation for the night, the Academy will create 197 nameplates, one for each 2009 nominee in every category. The engraving will include the nominee's name, category, film title and year. After the winners have been announced, the unused nameplates will be recycled.”
The Governors Ball will be held at the Grand Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center in downtown Hollywood. Academy Award winners will be invited to enter a specially designed area where Academy technicians will affix the personalized nameplates to each Oscar. In the past, winners had to bring their Oscars to the Academy in the weeks following the ceremony to have their nameplates affixed to the statuettes.
R.S. Owens, the company that manufactures the Oscar statuettes, will produce and engrave the nameplates for the Academy.
The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 7 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. In the United States, it'll be televised live by ABC.
Photo: Governors Ball preview (Greg Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.)