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The New York Times Magazine Got All The Year's Best Actors To Dance, And It's Charming AF

By Tori Preston | Film | December 6, 2018 |

By Tori Preston | Film | December 6, 2018 |


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The thing about “Best Of” lists is that I always find myself looking for a chance to disagree. Something major has been overlooked, or someone undeserving has been given a spot that should have gone to someone else (see also: the Golden Globe nominations). But kudos to The New York Times Magazine for figuring out a surefire way to make sure nobody will complain about their annual Great Performers issue: getting all the best actors to perform clever little dance vignettes!


Jazz hands make a great distraction, and while I’m sure I could find room to nitpick with A.O. Scott and Wesley Morris’s picks for the Best Actors of 2018, I don’t really want to. They did shine a spotlight on a diverse and deserving group, and more importantly: Everyone they selected was game to star in this series of short films, directed and choreographed by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck. Whether it’s Hereditary’s Toni Collette offering up a fearful, frantic whirl of motion, or Eighth Grade’s Elsie Fisher performing a whimsical stomp through the rain, these bite-size little morsels are quick and charming and downright pleasing. And simple pleasures have been a rare commodity this year. So enjoy!


















And finally, here’s my favorite (The Favourite, to be exact) — because it kicks back and lets Best Olivia’s comedic timing shine:




Tori Preston is deputy editor of Pajiba. She rarely tweets here but she promises she reads all the submissions for the "Ask Pajiba (Almost) Anything" column at [email protected].



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