Film and TV

The Steamiest Oscar-Nominated Sex Scenes of All Time

Unless you've been living without network television and/or the Internet for the past month, you're probably fully aware that it's awards show season. Either you've spent hours glued to a screen to see who will be arbitrarily immortalized in front of their industry peers, or you're painfully annoyed by everyone else talking about it.

But you don't need to be into award shows to like a little on-screen, ahem, romance. So here's a look back at the steamiest sex scenes from Oscar-nominated movies over the years.

Shakespeare in Love
These days, she might be better known as Pepper Potts in the Iron Man and the ex-wife of the dude from Coldplay, but 18 years ago, Gwyneth Paltrow found herself in a fantastic sex scene as William Shakespeare's fictional romantic muse. Of course, they're both married (or due to get married) to someone else in the movie, but aren't the best sex scenes the adulterous ones? 

Monster's Ball
If really messed up love stories are your thing, you probably know that the 2001 flick is among the best out there. Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and Leticia's (Halle Berry) romance is built on poverty, death, eviction, and awkwardly amazing sex. It's the kind of film that inspired many of the Berry' hip-hop mentions in the 15 years that followed.

American Beauty
One thing that Hollywood has proven over and over again is that Kevin Spacey is best when he's playing a total creep. That's never clearer than in American Beauty, where Spacey's character becomes obsessed with and begins fantasizing about his teenage daughter's high school friend. The fantasies are weird, but not as disturbing as watching Spacey jerk off. We still can't look at rose petals the same way.

Brokeback Mountain
Gay, straight, or anywhere in between, Brokeback Mountain has sex scenes for you. Aside from being one of the best love stories in recent memory to revolve around two failed marriages, the 2005 film also broke down barriers and set a new standard for how much (and what types) of sexuality you could show and still be considered a great work of art. These days, it looks tame compared to what goes on in Game of Thrones.

When remembering the sex scene in Titanic, there's one shot that stands out above all others. Without that hand on the glass, it would be pretty mediocre at best, just another three-hour movie with a frustrating ending. For a hookup that good, you'd think she'd be able to muster up the adrenaline to blow a whistle, no matter how cold it was.

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