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March 3rd, 2014

For a 3rd year in a row, Mill+ has designed a spectacular Show Package for both The 86th Academy Awards broadcast and live theatrical experience including the Nominations Package, In Memoriam sequence, and the graphics for the set. Creative directors Manija Emran and Henry Hobson sought to capture this year’s theme, Heroes, in all aspects of their design.


The Academy underwent a rebrand this year, with Richard Harrington and his design team at 180LA developing the new logo. Mill+ creative director Manija Emran shared the creative thinking behind their work: "We used the beam of light as our visual icon. The beam is significant in three ways; on a practical level it acts as the projector beam, it's representative of the heroic aspect and finally it evokes the idea of a performer stepping out onto a grand stage."

The traditionally gold statue was transformed into a glass-like figurine for the live theatrical experience. Emran shared, “I enjoyed the glass Oscar statues which extend the visuals on stage, creating an iconic look. Instead of using gold or bronze, we wanted them to be translucent so that the glass produced a mirror effect.”

Watch the video below for a 2 minute montage of all the graphics of the night. If you can't get enough, we  break down our work on the Nominee Title Cards and In Memoriam graphics.


Show Package: Broadcast and Theatrical Experience


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Nominations Package



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In Memoriam Sequence


See all the individual In Memoriams.


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The 86th Academy Awards Show Package Credits