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Feb 17, 2020

21 More Movie Scenes That Would've Won The Academy Award For Best Movie Scene If That Was A Real Thing

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We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "If there were an Academy Award for Best Movie Scene, what scenes would have DEFINITELY won?" and their amazing answers sparked even more brilliant responses! So here are some more movie scenes that would like to thank the academy:

Also, WARNING: Because of the nature of this post, many of the scenes shared contain SPOILERS for their corresponding films, so please proceed with caution!

1. No Country for Old Men (2007) — the First Coin Toss

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"When Javier Bardem's character tells the old man at the gas station to 'call it' so he can flip the coin and decide the man's fate. It's so tense, and truly one of the best movie scenes of all time."

KirstyLM

2. The Color Purple (1985) — Sofia's Monologue

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"This moment definitely deserves a spot on this list!"

CaptWednesday

3. Requiem for a Dream (2000) — the Room Cleaning

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"Anyone who's seen this movie already knows that Ellen Burstyn was absolutely robbed of an Oscar in 2001. The sequence when she cleans the apartment while hopped up on diet pills is for sure the scene I'd nominate in this imaginary category!"

iamwhudson

4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) — the Disappearing Memories

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"When all of the memories are disappearing, but they say they’ll still meet. The whole movie is really incredible, but that scene...love it."

KhloeBare

5. The Wife (2018) — the Final Monologue

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"I loved how Glenn Close's character just lays into her husband at the end. So much can be said about the movie as a whole, but her performance in that particular scene was phenomenal."

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6. The Untouchables (1987) — the Staircase

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"I know this sequence was inspired by a scene from Battleship Potemkin, but there's no denying the execution of it here is absolutely beautiful."

SugarKane

7. Apollo 13 (1995) — "Houston, We Have a Problem"

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"It's truly brilliant. Until I read some books about that mission, I had no idea how unimaginably scary that situation was and how small their chances to make it back were. They defied all odds. When you watch it in the movie, we all know how it ends, but the actors keep it perfectly tense. You feel all of the emotion, the desperation, the fight...that scene really doesn’t get the credit it deserves."

kminfl

8. 500 Days of Summer (2009) — Expectation vs. Reality

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"This remains one of the best-executed scenes I’ve ever seen in a film."

jakandcoke

9. Terms of Endearment (1983) — "Give My Daughter the Shot!"

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"When Shirley MacLaine’s character was screaming at the nurses to get her dying daughter her pain medicine...it's so powerful. It makes me cry every time."

laura1970

10. Brokeback Mountain (2005) — the Reunion

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"When Jack and Ennis are finally reunited, but Alma sees them together...it's so tense."

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11. Blade Runner (1982) — "Like Tears in Rain..."

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"When Roy is getting ready to die, and he talks about all the moments he's seen that will be lost, 'like tears in rain.' The scene is not only beautifully shot (in the rain), but it's relatable to everyone. It always makes me cry."

loreli

12. Good Will Hunting (1997) — "It's Not Your Fault"

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"When Robin Williams' character just keeps repeating 'It's not your fault' to Matt Damon's character. He breaks down and they hug, but it's SO well acted by both of them."

sarag4491e8e4a

13. The Shining (1980) — the Baseball Bat

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"When Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall are going up the staircase and she's swinging the bat at him and he's gone full psychopath. His face, his gestures...everything is just the epitome of sociopathic evil. It's such a great performance, and Duvall is an incredible hysteric."

Stephjs81

14. My Cousin Vinny (1992) — the Expert Witness

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"A list about award-worthy movie scenes would not be complete without the scene when Marisa Tomei's character takes the stand as an expert witness. Pure perfection!"

Kumo

15. Black Swan (2010) — the Dance of the Black Swan

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"The dance of the black swan when she metaphorically — and literally —transforms into the character onstage is incredible."

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16. Hereditary (2018) — the Dinner Table

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"Toni Collette was robbed of an Oscar nomination for this, and there is no better demonstration of how great she was than this scene."

Lizizzz

17. My Girl (1991) — the Wake

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"I will never be over Thomas J.'s death or the way that Anna Chlumsky sobs, 'He can't see without his glasses!' when she sees him in his casket. It's a great performance from a child actor, too."

SnackasaurusRex

18. Aliens (1986) — the Reveal

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"When Ripley finally sees what had been teased earlier in the movie, the Queen. It is at this point that you realize how similar the two are, both mothers just trying to protect their young, and both relentless."

katelynb497f182f3

19. The Avengers (2012) — the Kneel Refusal

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"One incredibly underrated scene that always gets me the most — even after repeated viewings — is the old man refusing to kneel before Loki. It's so simple but speaks volumes."

maeryn1966

20. Tully (2018) — the Climax

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"When Charlize Theron's character is admitted into the hospital, and her husband finds out she's been suffering with postpartum depression...I cry EVERY TIME, it's so real and heart-wrenching."

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21. The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (2003) — "You Bow to No One"

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"When the newly crowned king of Gondor, Aragorn, and his love, Arwen, come upon the Hobbits, who begin to bow to him. He stops them and says, 'My friends, you bow to no one,' and proceeds to bow before them, and the entire kingdom follows suit in tribute and thanks them for their heroic sacrifice. Even typing this out is causing my eyes to mist!"

kalel577

Now it's your turn! What movie scene do YOU believe would be honored with the coveted (and completely made up) Best Movie Scene Oscar? Share your pick in the comments below, and be sure to follow BuzzFeed Community for a chance to be featured in an upcoming post and/or video!

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