“And the Oscar goes to…”

As filmmakers, media producers, and cinematographers, we are unapologetic “movie people.” From artsy indies to high-budget action flicks , we’ve laughed, cried, and loved them all—and we’ve waited with baited breath to find out which of our favorites will be honored or snubbed by the Academy each year. Few awards are as coveted as the prestigious “Best Picture” Oscar, and this year’s nominees don’t disappoint. As we dive into awards season, we’ve collected a few of our favorite After Effects Templates inspired by this year’s top films.

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LaLa Land

One of this year’s biggest movies, La La Land is an homage to the golden age of the silver screen, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as a pair of lovers trying to realize their dreams in Hollywood. Harkening to the light-hearted musical romances of the 40s and 50s, this poignant love story swept the year’s film festivals thanks to its stunning cinematography, vintage tone, impeccable performances, and multifaceted symbolism. Get the Old Hollywood effect for yourself with this vintage-style template.

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This stunning and thought-provoking sci-fi film stars Amy Adams as a linguist tasked with communicating with twelve extraterrestrial spacecraft in order to find out why they have come to earth. What follows is a mind- and time-bending epic that is one part psychological thriller, one part science fiction, and one part military masterpiece. Capture another world with this high-tech cinematic intro template.

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Sure to go down as one of the most important films of the year, Fences—based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play—stars Denzel Washington and Viola Davis as couple living in 1950s Pittsburg, struggling to overcome racial oppression and their own deep regrets. A powerful story about family, forgiveness, and betrayal, the film doesn’t gloss over the difficulties of life, but rather embraces the complexity and contradictions of the human spirit. Capture the vintage home-movie effect with this After Effects template.

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Hacksaw Ridge

“One America’s greatest heroes never fired a bullet.”

Inspired by true events, Hacksaw Ridge tells the story of the WWII Private Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield), a pacifist combat medic who refused to carry or use any weapons, even on the front lines. Proving that bravery takes many forms and providing an incredible characterization of a non-traditional military hero, Hacksaw Ridge is a war movie for the 21st century. Inspire heroism and pride with this vintage military film template.

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Hell or High Water

A new take on the “rob-from-the rich” storyline—or maybe “David and Goliath”—this neo-Western crime thriller stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster as two brothers on a quest to save their home—while distributing a little vigilante justice against the big bank that they feel is out to rob them. Reimagine the action-packed, dusty feel of the film with this sepia-toned AE Template.

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Hidden Figures

This stunning biographical film follows the lives of three women of color fighting racial prejudice and misogyny—all while working at NASA on Project Mercury. With powerful performances by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, Hidden Figures explores the power of perseverance and is one of the first films to really exemplify women of color as mathematicians and engineers. Step back in time with this nitty-gritty AE slideshow template.

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As you can see, biographical films rocked the awards this year, and Lion is no exception—though it is certainly exceptional. The touching story follows a man’s search to reunite with his family in India, but it is the complex and heart-wrenching performances by Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, and Rooney Mara that make this film stand out. Inspire your audiences with this adventure-inducing AE template.

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Manchester by the Sea

This Sundance premiere stars Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler, a handyman from Quincy, Massachusetts who finds that he has been named his nephew’s guardian following the sudden death of his brother. Forced to return to his hometown of Manchester by the Sea, Lee is thrust into a situation that is in many ways unfamiliar—and at the same time far too familiar. While the basic premise has been done before, Manchester by the Sea may be the first such film to give full weight and understanding to the lasting emotional scars and conflicts that can arise when the unthinkable happens. This AE Template captures both the isolation and the inspiration so integral to the film’s plot.

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A daring film that follows the life of a young man as he confronts the emotional and physical toll of growing up black, gay, and poor in 1980s Miami. Moonlight doesn’t pull any punches—it’s gritty realism and unapologetic, raw emotionality makes it a movie that is sure to be seen as historic in its approach to an often still-taboo subject. Capture the sharp edges of the inner city with this AE template.

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These movies rocked the big screen this year, but with these templates, there’s no reason you can’t get in on the action! Find all these and more cinematic templates below. What story will you tell?


And the Oscar Goes To…