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18 Artistically Beautiful Shots That Prove Cinematography Is the Most Important Award at the Oscars

Cinematography is one of the most important aspects of a film, and when it’s done right some of those scenes are unforgettable. Choices about composition, lighting, color, depth-of-field, focus and camera motion help tell the story and evoke emotions in a way that acting and dialogue can’t convey. Here are some of the most artistically beautiful shots in movie history.

1. ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ Makes You Believe in a Galaxy Far Far Away

The 1977 shot Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope has a memorable scene where Luke is walking into the distance on the farm at sunset.

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2. They Used a Lot of Mood Lighting in ‘True Grit’

Ethan and Joel Coen considered True Grit one of the more difficult films they had done together. There are a lot of extremes with the lighting. Cinematographer Roger Deakin has been nominated for an Oscar 18 different times.

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