Why do we see movies? Is it for the stories? The characters? The joie de vivre one gets from seeing a film that truly celebrates the human experience? Or is it the butts? Yeah, it’s probably just the chance to see our favorite stars in their birthday suits, showing off what their mamas and papas gave ’em. And while the Internet can provide all the screencaps one could want, there are still a few nude scenes so memorable and distinctive in 2013 they had to be seen on the big screen:
Jena Malone, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Award: Best Quick Change Nudity
Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) doesn’t have a lot of time to live, since she’s about to head back into the deadly Hunger Games. So she decides to let her inhibitions fly, including one unforgettable scene where she strips off her clothes in front of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Woody Harrelson in a moving elevator.
Julie Delpy, “Before Midnight”
Award: Best Topless Arguing
Alternately, this could be given the “please put your clothes back on Mom and Dad,” award, as Celeste (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) have an interrupted sexual encounter that turns into an argument, all while Delpy keeps her shirt off. After three movies, and three decades, it’s a little bit like walking in on your parents doin’ it.