Oscar-winning Movie Fonts 2015

Oscar-winning Movie Fonts 2015:
The typefaces on the movie posters

During the Academy Award ceremony, the spotlight is on the actors, directors and technicians on the red carpet and the stage. Far less attention is paid to the designs of the posters for the award-winning movies and the typefaces used for them. However, if like us you would like to take a closer look at these fonts, then join us on a short tour during which we will inform you of what our research has turned up. While it is true that the actual typefaces employed have very often been individually modified, there are many fonts available in the Linotype.com webshop that are very similar to these.

Six high-quality, contemporary selection packs of contemporary poster fonts in various styles at very attractive prices from 39* EUR/USD up

You’ve been commissioned to design a poster and are looking for a suitable typeface? Look no further ‒ we have selected a range of poster and headline fonts that we consider to be particularly effective and that we have sorted under three various headings. All the fonts profiled are available in very reasonably priced selection packs, each of which contains a basic set of styles in OpenType Pro format. So, treat yourself to these carefully selected fonts and benefit from the associated range of variations that you can employ for pending projects. (Offer available to April 23, 2015)
Click here to put together your personal toolkit of flexible and individual headline fonts from our selection packs.

Elegant/playful: ITC Chino Selection and Complete Gill Facia family

Forms that have a touch of handwriting, a marked contrast in line weight and the somewhat dynamic terminals give ITC Chino Display by Hannes von Döhren an individual, animated and almost floral character. This selection pack contains the two Display styles Thin and Ultra.
ITC Chino Selection: 39 USD/EUR* (a 75% discount or saving of 195 USD/EUR) – click here to download.

Colins Banks designed Gill Facia on the basis of original drawings by Eric Gill. Its forms look as if written with a broad-nibbed pen, providing the antiqua font Gill Facia with a historical but also particularly elegant feel. Our selection pack contains all four styles (Regular, Italic, Titling and Titling Italic) of the typeface.
Complete Gill Facia family: 39 USD/EUR* (a 74% discount or saving of 112 USD/EUR) – click here to download.

Techno/futuristic: Aeonis Selection and Morris Sans Selection

The very individual letters of Aeonis by Erik Faulhaber seem poised somewhere between the twin poles of antiquity and the modern. While basic forms provide clear testimony of their descent from Greek lapidary inscriptions dating to the 9th century B.C., the curved elements were inspired by a ceiling lamp created by the German industrial designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld in 1952. This selection pack contains the three weights Extended Light, Extended Bold and Extended Black.
Aeonis Selection: 49 USD/EUR** (a 79% discount or saving of 188 USD/EUR) – click here to download.

The inspiration for Dan Reynolds’ Morris Sans was a font designed by Morris Fuller Benton in the 1930s. The contrast between the external forms with rounded corners and internal forms with rectangular corners together with the slightly angled line terminals ensure that this font has a very distinctive and individual character. The selection pack contains the three condensed styles Light, Medium and Heavy.
Morris Sans Selection: 49 USD/EUR** (a 79% discount or saving of 188 USD/EUR) – click here to download.

Slab Serif: Quitador Selection and Aptifer Slab Selection

The most conspicuous feature of Quitador by Arne Freytag ‒ bowls with semi-circular terminals that are slightly separated from the stems ‒ offset its formal character to give it a dynamic and friendly look. The very generous x-height not only enhances its legibility but is responsible for its accessible quality. Our selection pack contains the four weights Medium, Bold, Extra Bold and Ultra Bold.
Quitador Selection: 49 USD/EUR** (a 75% discount or saving of 171 USD/EUR) – click here to download.

In his Aptifer Slab, Mårten Thavenius has combined the attributes of American grotesque fonts of the early 20th century with humanist influences, and the result is that the typeface has a modern and friendly appearance. The selection pack contains the four styles Semibold, Semibold Italic, Black and Black Italic.
Aptifer Slab Selection: 49 USD/EUR** (a 82% discount or saving of 267 USD/EUR) – click here to download.

Still Alice

Professor of linguistics Dr. Alice Howland learns at the age of 50 that she has early-onset Alzheimer’s. She tries to cope as best she can with the disorder and her life. For her performance as Dr. Alice Howland, Julianne Moore won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The very graphic but restrained typography on the movie poster ensures that the main attention is directed at the poster image. The font is similar to Gill Sans.
The contrast between the technological outlines of a stylized sans on the one hand and humanistic elements on the other give Eric Gill’s Gill Sans an exceptional and distinctive character.
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Gill Sans® MT

The Theory of Everything

Confined to a wheelchair by motor neuron disease, the eminent theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is now only able to talk with the aid of a voice synthesizer. The film is based on the memoirs written by his first wife. The Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role went to Eddie Redmayne, who plays Hawking in the movie.
Against a background of sky and numerous hand-written scientific formulae, a Bembo-like typeface has been used for the film title on the poster. The Renaissance antiqua and reading font Bembo not only brings to mind the typefaces used in textbooks but its slightly flirtatious feel also seems to make reference to the romantic relationship between Stephen and Jane Hawking that is at the heart of the screenplay.
Bembo’s origins can be traced back to one of the most prominent and influential of the printers working at the time of the Italian Renaissance, Aldus Manutius. Created in the 15th century, Bembo was reworked and extended in the early 20th century by the Monotype design studio.
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Bembo® MT

The Imitation Game

“The Imitation Game’ is based on the life of the British logician, mathematician, cryptographer and early computer pioneer Alan Turing. During the Second World War, Turing developed a concept that not only led to the decryption of the code employed by the Enigma machine used by the Germans but laid the foundations for modern computer technology.
A font similar to Helvetica has been used to create the low-key film title on the poster.
Designed by Max Miedinger, Helvetica is characterized by its neutral, clear-cut and readily legible letters. It is one of the most frequently used typefaces – not only on movie posters. “The Imitation Game” won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Helvetica® Com


The animated short “Feast” concerns the friendship between the Boston Terrier Winston and the human James. But it is not just feasting that is the theme of the film; there is also the love story involving James and a waitress he meets. “Feast” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
The design of the movie poster with its extensive white space has been reduced to just an image of a comically overloaded table together with the title. The low x-height of this font that has similarities with ITC Mona Lisa gives the poster a touch of elegance and the celebratory while the slightly offset letters with the horizontal lines top and bottom are themselves rather like a table.
Pat Hickson’s ITC Mona Lisa was inspired by a font that was designed in the 1930s. Its refined but friendly and energetic characters seem to breathe the charm of the 1930s and share the sophistication of figures such as Fred Astaire and Greta Garbo.
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ITC Mona Lisa®

The Phone Call

Heather works as a crisis hotline counselor and receives a call from an elderly man contemplating suicide. “The Phone Call” won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.
The poster, with its added hand-drawn elements, invites the observer into a quite ordinary, not particularly stylish office. The title, set in a Times New Roman-like font, cleverly underlines the office theme.
Originally designed by Stanley Morison for the British newspaper The Times, the readily legible Baroque antiqua Times New Roman is now among the standard fonts used by almost all computers.
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Times New Roman®

Citizen Four

This film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film centers on the former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden who is now seeking asylum after leaking classified information on the secret wiretapping activities of his erstwhile employer to the mainstream media.
The drained color and text carefully incorporated in the image give the poster the appearance of an old computer screen. The font used for the title is Arial, available on almost every computer. Perhaps the use of a generally available typeface is meant to emphasize the worldwide importance of Snowden’s revelations.
The sans serif Arial was designed by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders for Monotype. As Arial is based on the same historical models from the early 20th century used by Helvetica, these two fonts are very much alike.
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The US historical drama “Selma” deals with the protest marches of African-American activists seeking equal voting rights in the 1960s with the support of Martin Luther King. “Selma” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The typographic approach used for the title on the poster, which is set in a font similar to Akzidenz Grotesk, means that it is largely separated from the action shown although the choice of color ensures that it interacts with the image.
The sans serif Akzidenz Grotesk, released by the foundry H. Berthold AG in the late 19th century, is one of the first commercially successful typefaces of this genre. With its neutral, almost formal character, Akzidenz Grotesk influenced numerous similar fonts that were designed in the following decades.
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American Sniper

The not uncontroversial movie “American Sniper” is based on the autobiography of the US marksman Chris Kyle and won the Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. Rather in the same way that the critics are in contention whether this is an antiwar film or one that glosses over the reality of US involvement in Iraq, the poster itself is ambivalent. The actor playing Kyle is shown on the poster looking down and away from the observer as an indrawn, introverted hero. Although a glorifying effect is provided by the majestic typography created with the aid of a typeface similar to Trajan, this is counterbalanced by the somewhat distraught expression on the face of the protagonist.
The elegant uppercase font Trajan designed by Carol Twombly is based on the letters of the carved texts found on Roman monuments. Thanks to its majestic and monumental effect, Trajan has become a true favorite of Hollywood and is often to be seen on movie posters.
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In the science fiction epic “Interstellar”, the Earth is becoming increasingly uninhabitable and so a team of researchers including ex-NASA pilot Cooper sets off to find a new home for mankind in another galaxy. “Interstellar” won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
The title on the poster takes the form of a logo created from various weights of an uppercase font that has similarities with Linotype Didot.
Linotype Didot was produced in the 1990s by Adrian Frutiger, using the classicistic antiqua Didot from the 18th century as model. Very thin and drawn out serifs and a marked contrast in line weight give Didot a graceful and festive feel.
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Linotype Didot™
* Gross price 46,41 USD/EUR including German sales tax.
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