Oscar Nominees’ Best Shots: 2023 Academy Award Contenders Stun

This year’s slate of nominees features stunning cinematography at every turn.

"The Fabelmans" is included among the Oscar nominees' best shots in 2023.

“The Fabelmans” is included among the Oscar nominees’ best shots in 2023.

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As award season comes to a close, it can be fun to take a break from speculating about frontrunners and campaigns to appreciate the artistry of the year’s best films. From spring premieres that managed to stay in our minds for a whole year to late December qualifying releases, 2022 was an incredible year for movies. And regardless of who wins Best Cinematography at next week’s Oscars, they all feature some stunningly beautiful images. Many of the Oscar nominees’ best shots in 2023 are worthy of hanging on a museum wall.

This year’s nominees struck a good (or at least, better than some recent years) balance between blockbusters and more traditional “Oscar movies,” proving that high quality artistry is possible at any budget size. When looking at shots from the entire Oscar field, it’s hard not to be impressed by the deep bench of creative artists working in the film industry today.

Whether you’ve seen everything and want to take a trip down memory lane or are scrambling to see enough movies to complete your Oscar ballot this week, we’ve compiled 20 of the most visually impressive shots from this year’s Oscar nominees. The following list is ranked in no particular order — we’ll leave the judgement to you!

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