Ranking the Best Picture Nominees by Design Aesthetic

By Claire Cottrell

Which film most effectively captured time and place via track suits and vintage furniture?

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If you're like us and doing the obligatory Oscar week movie-cramming in preparation for Hollywood's big night, here's something else to think about when considering your pick for Best Picture: the anthropological question of good taste. We took it upon ourselves to rank this year's nominees according to their design aesthetic. Wikipedia defines aesthetics as the study of sensory or sensori-emotional values, sometimes called judgments of sentiment and taste. So, what films have it? What films don't? Does it matter? Take a look at how the nine nominees measured up.

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Image credit: Columbia Pictures

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