As a teaser before the 84th Academy Award nominations announcement (Tuesday, January 24), the Academy has launched a digital exhibition with images from 84 iconic films. (The Oscars 2012 trailer, another rather unsatisfactory teaser, is posted below.)

Beginning with “Bride of Frankenstein” from 1935 and culminating with “Avatar” (2009), this collection offers a taste of what wowed the Academy in years past.  The span of movies highlights decades of film, from “Gone with the Wind” (1939), “Casablanca” (1942) and “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) to “Shrek” (2001), “Ray” (2004), and “The Dark Knight” (2008).

These 84 film stills will be showcased here online and in outdoor galleries, prominently glowing from digital billboards all across Los Angeles and on ABC’s digital “SuperSign” in Times Square, New York.