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    Updated on Sep 4, 2020. Posted on Sep 1, 2020

    23 Films That Would've Won The "Best Single Shot In A Motion Picture" Oscar If, Ya Know, That Was A Thing

    Capturing perfection one frame at a time.

    We recently asked members of our BuzzFeed Community, "What is the closest example to a perfect single shot in a film?" and their answers DID NOT disappoint. Here are just a few of the most impeccable seconds ever committed to film:

    WARNING: Given the nature of this post, there are SPOILERS ahead for some of these films!

    1. The not-kiss shot, Pride & Prejudice (2005)

    Focus Features

    "Darcy and Elizabeth finally declare their love for one another and...don’t kiss. Instead, they press their foreheads together while standing in a field as the sun rises behind them. It is *chef’s kiss!*"

    abil453a90f13

    2. The swimming shot, Moonlight (2016)

    A24

    "That movie is so full of beautiful images, but that’s the one that stuck with me."

    slyghost86

    3. The staircase scene, The Truman Show (1998)

    Paramount Pictures

    "The staircase leading up to Truman's final bow before entering the outside world is so well done."

    cgmccormack12

    4. The hospital shot, Juno (2007)

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "Juno's dad just finished talking to her after she gave birth, and Paulie comes and lays in bed with her. That scene is so beautiful and it makes me cry every time."

    rishibha23

    5. The escape shot, The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

    Columbia Pictures

    "Andy emerges from the sewer pipe and it's raining...it's so perfect."

    georginab45f8d57a8

    6. The car shot, Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "It's the first time you see the entire family — each with their own problems — working together with the singular goal of getting Olive to her competition."

    androidwithelectricsheep

    7. The afterlife shot, Black Panther (2018)

    Marvel Studios

    "This whole sequence is stunning, but the shot of the tree with the panthers on it is next level."

    amanditam

    8. The burning shot, Midsommar (2019)

    A24

    "I could pick any given shot in this movie because the cinematography is stunning — and I know a lot of people love the final shot — but the shot of the temple with Christian inside burning is so stunning and creepy and eerily beautiful."

    em1231

    9. The rose petal shot, American Beauty (1999)

    DreamWorks Pictures

    "Lester is having a daydream where Angela is covered in nothing but rose petals, and it's just an iconic shot."

    rebeccaelizabethp2

    10. The bathroom shot, The Shape of Water (2017)

    Fox Searchlight Pictures

    "I know some people thought this was an odd movie, but this shot was so beautiful, it made me want to be in love."

    stateofgracie

    11. The leap of faith shot, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

    Sony Pictures

    "Next question."

    bignatesbigphone

    12. The statues shot, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    New Line Cinema

    "The shot when the fellowship crossed between the Argonath statues (those huge statues on either side of the river) was incredible."

    reallyreallyreallyreallytired

    13. The daffodils shot, Big Fish (2003)

    Sony Pictures

    "Edward somehow fills an entire field with daffodils, Sandra's favorite flower. The flowers fill up the entire shot and it's so gorgeous."

    monikap6

    14. The double sun shot, Star Wars (1977)

    LucasFilm Ltd.

    "Luke goes outside to look at the sunset, then the iconic John Williams score hits...."

    alexandercoun

    15. The bathroom shot, The Shining (1980)

    Warner Bros.

    "The setting is innocent enough — but that lingering shot, the abrasive colors, and the harsh lighting, all let you know that there's nothing good behind that shower curtain."

    caitlinm18

    16. The bridge shot, Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

    Marvel Studios

    "The colors are beautiful and the attention to detail is stunning."

    billieeilish__mood

    17. The desks shot, Dead Poets Society (1989)

    Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

    "In a single shot, it shows the impact that the arts and a great teacher can have on young minds."

    doloresthedumb

    18. The police car shot, Joker (2019)

    Warner Bros.

    "Arthur Fleck stands on top of the police car and finally feels like he is not ignored in society, and truly becomes 'Joker.'"

    domino270

    19. The dig shot, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

    Paramount Pictures

    "This is still one of the most outstanding single shots I have ever seen."

    jeffa007

    20. The explosion shot, Django Unchained (2012)

    The Weinstein Company

    "The shot after the explosion, hands down. I think about this a lot. Getting to see him not only survive, but also get revenge, then ride off into the night with his lady was so beautiful and satisfying."

    wednesday_b

    21. The door shot, Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

    Warner Bros.

    "When it transitioned from the real world to the underground realm...the contrasting color scheme, the lights, the angle — absolutely magical."

    dingospleen

    22. The battlefield shot, Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    Marvel Studios

    "When Captain America was standing alone, facing Thanos’ army? I get goosebumps every time."

    allihi1

    23. And finally — the ending shot, Fight Club (1999)

    20th Century Fox

    "The buildings start exploding, ‘Where Is My Mind?’ by the Pixies kicks in, and the narrator finally reaches out to Marla. Perfect closer."

    hannahryan1

    Now it's YOUR turn! What do you believe is the single most perfect shot ever committed to film? Share yours in the comments below!

    Some entries have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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