The Oscars have so many different award categories: best original score, best cinematography, best visual effects, best editing, best makeup design, even best title writing! Isn't it about time we acknowledged the hard work that goes into love scenes???
A good love scene is about much more than sex; it's about making it real and relatable to us, the viewers. We want to see a love scene that reminds us of our lives: of loves we have felt and want to feel again, loves we thought could have been, loves that turn sex into something greater. A great love scene gives us hope. Hope for the characters and hope for ourselves...that we too might find a love like this someday. Creating a love scene that can live up to all of this is no easy task and should be honored.
Furthermore, the act of filming love scenes is never simple. Actors have to develop very complex relationships to prepare themselves for this kind of work, and they invest so much more than their emotions when sex and romance are involved; it pulls in their physiology, their biology, even their hormones. Not to mention actors spend so much of their time dieting and practicing (Yes, practicing. Not just rehearsing, but practicing) for the day they film these scenes. They put a lot of work into these few minutes.
It's about time we paid credit where credit is due. Spoilers ahead, people; don't say you weren't warned. Here's the Fifteen Hottest Oscar's Love Scenes!
15 Atonement - "I'll wait for you. Come back to me."
14 The English Patient - "I always wear it. I've always worn it. I've always loved you."
Maybe you wouldn't have guessed that such a classic movie would top the list, but this one is worth watching. This 1996 Oscar winner tells the story of a World War Two soldier wrapped up in an inescapable love affair. Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas have such amazing chemistry, you'll wonder what you've been doing wrong in your own love life.
13 Slumdog Millionaire - "This is our destiny."
If you've yet to see this box office hit, which won eight Oscars, you're missing out. This movie couple redefines the phrase "star-crossed lovers" in a beautiful romance that explores how love follows us throughout our lives.
12 Silver Linings Playbook - "I love you. I knew it the moment I met you, I'm sorry it took so long for me to catch up."
11 Moulin Rouge -"A life without love? That's... terrible."
10 Black Swan - "I just want to be perfect."
We're not talking about the crazy sexy scene between Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman; though it's a hot scene, there's not any love going on there. We're talking about the one true-love in this movie. Between Natalie Portman and Natalie Portman.
9 From Here to Eternity - "I never knew it could be like this. Nobody ever kissed me the way you do."
You might think you don't know this movie, but you definitely do; at the very least, you know the scene we're talking about. Anyone who's ever considered having sex on the beach (and we're talking about the real deal, not the cocktail) has seen this iconic scene.
8 Avatar - "Everything is backwards now: like out there is the true world and in here is the dream."
There are people who love this movie and people who hate it, but no one can deny that it pushed limits and broke barriers in cinema. Avatar won six Oscars and broke a bunch of box office records; there's no denying this one was a winner.
7 Titanic - "You saved me in every way that a person can be saved."
Avatar wasn't James Cameron's only movie to hit the list; the man clearly knows how to direct a sex scene. Titanic won eleven Oscars, and anyone that's seen this movie knows they're well-deserved (and if you haven't seen it, c'mon- get with it). Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jack Dawson, another young, poor artist that's just trying to enjoy life. He wins a ticket on the Titanic where he meets Rose DeWitt Bukater, a woman of social and economic class betrothed to an asinine, rich jerk (basically, the love story we've been hearing since the dawn of time).
6 The Great Gatsby - "I knew it was a mistake for a man like me to fall in love..."
5 The Departed - "Honesty is not synonymous with truth."
4 Ghost - "The love inside, you take it with you."
3 Her - "I've never loved anyone the way I loved you."
Another unconventional love scene, but perhaps one of the most moving we've ever experienced. If you haven't seen this 2013 Oscar winner (which won for Best Original Screenplay), you should find a way to.
2 Shakespeare in Love - "I would not have thought it: there is something better than a play. Even your play. And that was only my first try."
1 Cold Mountain - "You are all that keeps me from sliding into some dark place."
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