Lincoln

Bringing the look of Lincoln-era costumes and environments to the eponymous movie was tricky, but undoubtedly assisted the movie's success.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Sundance and Cannes favorite Beasts of the Southern Wild earned Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Writing (adapted screenplay), and Best Directing nominations. Maybe the delightful story of its collective production helped.

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson's film earned him a co-nomination for Best Writing. His meticulous storyboarding certainly played a role in the critical success this film has earned.

Life of Pi

The Life of Pi earned Best Picture and Directing nominations among its amazing total of 11. The movie, unlike many 3-D peers, is said to have pushed the art of 3-D moviemaking beyond mere sensationalism.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit's 3-D digital film technology may be controversial, but despite this matter and the fact the movie only hit theaters in December, it garnered three nominations, including for Production Design and Makeup & Hairstyling (no word on whether Hobbity feet haircuts were considered in the mix).

Skyfall

Despite the mega-brand that is James Bond, the movie missed out on Best Picture nominations, but did pick up six in total including best original song for Adele's track named for the movie.

6 Oscar-Nominated Films That Shine A Spotlight On Visual Wizardry

With the Academy Awards nominees now out, it's clear that in New Hollywood technology and innovative takes are making the moving pictures prettier than ever.

Lincoln tops the list for 2013's Oscar nominations, with a grand total of four score and seven... well, 12 nominations including Best Picture and one for Daniel Day Lewis as best lead actor. This may not have been a super surprising pick by the Academy (historically important story? check. Spielberg? checkmate). But, more interestingly, Lincoln serves as a model for an emerging New Hollywood aesthetic—one that borrows ideas from startup culture (replete with studio hackathons), and puts innovative uses of technology (digital and otherwise) and visual wizardry (have you seen Beasts of the Southern Wild or Life of Pi?) on the same level as plot, story, and characters.

For proof, take a look at the pictures above. Yes, each of those films contain compelling characters in dynamic, dramatic stories. But they also each look like nothing we've seen before. All of which suggests that the future of film is bright—and wildly inventive.

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