The Perfect Shots of Oscars 2017

By  · Published on February 22nd, 2017

Celebrating the momentary beauty within the best feature films of 2017, according to The Academy.

As we’re celebrating Oscar Week, it wouldn’t be right for us not to celebrate some of the cinematic beauty that exists among this year’s nominees. In true FSR fashion, this means a list of Perfect Shots from the major nominees.

There’s more to a perfect shot than simply good composition, focus, and perspective. A “Perfect Shot” can also be something that simply evokes a memory of how that movie feels. A lot of it is rooted in nostalgia, sure, but it’s even more elemental: it’s about evoking an emotion attached to the experience of having seen that movie. The following 40+ shots serve to remind us of the vibe that each of these films delivered.

Our only disclaimer for this list is that as many of these films are new, some were not easily screenshot’d and thus, we’re using images that aren’t the perfect aspect ratio (someone will undoubtedly mention this). We’re also aware that not all of these movies are perfect and there will inevitably be plenty of people who say “there are no perfect shots in this stupid movie.” To that all we can say is, “there’s someone out there who disagrees. Even in the case of Suicide Squad.”

With all of that said, here are our picks of the Perfect Shots of the 2017 Oscar nominees…

13th ⎢ DP: Hans Charles, Kira Kelly⎢ Director: Ava DuVernay

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi ⎢ DP: Dion Beebe ⎢ Director: Michael Bay

20th Century Women⎢ DP: Sean Porter⎢ Director: Mike Mills

Allied ⎢ DP: Don Burgess ⎢ Director: Robert Zemeckis

A Man Called Ove ⎢ DP: ‎Göran Hallberg ⎢ Director: Hannes Holm

Arrival ⎢ DP: Bradford Young ⎢ Director: Denis Villeneuve

Captain Fantastic ⎢ DP: Stéphane Fontaine ⎢ Director: Matt Ross

Deepwater Horizon ⎢ DP: Enrique Chediak ⎢ Director: Peter Berg

Doctor Strange ⎢ DP: Ben Davis ⎢ Director: Scott Derrickson

Elle ⎢ DP: Stéphane Fontaine ⎢ Director: Paul Verhoeven

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ⎢ DP: Philippe Rousselot ⎢ Director: David Yates

Fences ⎢ DP: Charlotte Bruus Christensen ⎢ Director: Denzel Washington

Fire at Sea⎢ Shot and Directed by Gianfranco Rosi

Florence Foster Jenkins⎢ DP: Danny Cohen⎢ Director: Stephen Frears

Hacksaw Ridge ⎢ DP: Simon Duggan ⎢ Director: Mel Gibson

Hail, Caesar!⎢ DP: Roger Deakins⎢ Director: The Coen Brothers

Hell or High Water ⎢ DP: Giles Nuttgens ⎢ Director: David MacKenzie

Hidden Figures ⎢ DP: Mandy Walker ⎢ Director: Theodore Melfi

I Am Not Your Negro⎢ DP: Henry Abedonojo, Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross⎢ Director: Raoul Peck

Jackie ⎢ DP: Stéphane Fontaine⎢ Director: Pablo Larrain

The Jungle Book ⎢ DP: Bill Pope⎢ Director: Jon Favreau

Kubo and the Two Strings ⎢ DP: Frank Passingham ⎢ Director: Travis Knight

La La Land ⎢ DP: Linus Sandgren ⎢ Director: Damien Chazelle

Life, Animated⎢ DP: Tom Bergmann⎢ Director: Roger Ross Williams

Lion ⎢ DP: Greig Fraser ⎢ Director: Garth Davis

The Lobster ⎢ DP: Thimios Bakatakis ⎢ Director: Yorgos Lanthimos

Loving ⎢ DP: Adam Stone ⎢ Director: Jeff Nichols

Manchester by the Sea ⎢ DP: Jody Lee Lipes ⎢ Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Moana ⎢ Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker ⎢ See IMDB for Animators

Moonlight ⎢ DP: James Laxton ⎢ Director: Barry Jenkins

My Life as a Zucchini⎢ DP: David Toutevoix⎢ Director: Claude Barras

Nocturnal Animals ⎢ DP: Seamus McGarvey ⎢ Director: Tom Ford

OJ: Made in America⎢ DP: Nick Higgins⎢ Director: Ezra Edelman

Passengers ⎢ DP: Rodrigo Prieto ⎢ Director: Morten Tyldum

The Red Turtle ⎢ Full Animation Crew here ⎢ Director: Michael Dudok de Wit

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story⎢ DP: Greig Fraser⎢ Director: Gareth Edwards

The Salesman⎢ DP: Hossein Jafarian⎢ Director: Asghar Farhadi

Silence ⎢ DP: Rodrigo Prieto⎢ Director: Martin Scorsese

Star Trek Beyond⎢ DP: Stephen F. Windon⎢ Director: Justin Lin

Suicide Squad⎢ DP: Roman Yasyanov⎢ Director: David Ayer

Sully ⎢ DP: Tom Stern ⎢ Director: Clint Eastwood

Toni Erdmann⎢ DP: Patrick Orth⎢ Director: Maren Ade

Trolls ⎢ DP: Yong Duk Jhun ⎢ Director: Mike Mitchell

Zootopia ⎢ Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore⎢ See IMDB for animators

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