“I prefer this image over a fake smile any day.”

 

As the anticipation builds toward the Academy Awards, we asked Getty Images photographers to share their favorite shots of this year’s nominees. From Leonardo DiCaprio to Jennifer Lawrence, here’s what they had to say:

 

1. Leonardo DiCaprio at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

Photographer: Christopher Polk

Based in: Los Angeles

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“Leo is an interesting person to photograph and a favorite of mine. During the Golden Globes red carpet I saw Leo walking toward me through the crowd. As I was framing the image he looked right at me and didn’t change his expression.

He has a powerful presence that projects confidence – and that shows in this photo. He is a mysterious person, and I prefer this image over a fake smile any day.”

 

2. Rachel McAdams at “A Most Wanted Man” after party

Photographer: Jamie McCarthy

Based in: New York

“I was shooting the after-party for Rachel McAdams’ movie “A Most Wanted Man,” and as I was about to leave, Mick Jagger walked in and was escorted to a table near Rachel. Even though Mick had nothing to do with the event I thought a shot of the two of them would make a great photo — plus, who wouldn’t want to take a picture with Mick Jagger?

I went over to Rachel’s table and asked if she would take a photo with Mick. Rachel, who is very sweet, was excited to meet him and agreed. I then went over to Mick’s people and asked if it would be cool if I brought Rachel over for a photo. They ran it by Mick and he smiled to me and said he’d love too. Rachel came over and they greeted each other and then posed for me. It was a very cool photo.”

 

3. Jennifer Lawrence at 2013 Academy Awards

Photographer: Kevin Winter

Based in: Los Angeles

“Every year there’s a shot that defines the Oscars and this was the shot for that one. I’m just glad I was in the right place at the right time.”

 

4. Cate Blanchett at 2014 BFI London Film Festival

Photographer: Gareth Cattermole

Based in: London

“This photo is of Cate Blanchett arriving at a screening for her film ‘Carol͛’ during the BFI London Film Festival. I have a pass that allows me to shoot from whichever position I want, so I can move around for the best angles.

For me, the best shots are made when the talent is being photographed by the other photographers. I use them as a backdrop and try to catch as many of their flashes going off as possible to add drama to the scene. I like to shoot in a documentary style — I want the images to feel like you are part of the crowd observing what’s going on. Her amazing dress, her pose and the flashes going off make it a really compelling image. It’s one of my favorite shots of 2014.”

 

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