Natalie Portman
January 14th, 2011
03:02 PM ET

W magazine names the year's best performances

Awards season is ready to launch – the Golden Globes will air this Sunday – and in W magazine’s February issue, on newsstands January 25, some of the most talked about performances are highlighted.

We’re willing to bet you can guess the stars included in the round-up off the top of your head: Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in “Black Swan”; Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole”; Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech”; and all three of “The Social Network’s” stars, Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield, to name a few.

See the entire "Best Performances" portfolio at W

The portfolio, W says, is an attempt to recognize actors whose performances stood head and shoulders above the rest, to “acknowledge and salute the work, to acknowledge and thank the actors for telling the truth—even when the truth was fiction.”

Above you’ll see a few of the famous faces that offered what W considers to be the top performances of the past year, along with statements on their own relationship to and understanding of great cinema. For more, visit

Filed under: Celebrities • Michael Douglas • Nicole Kidman

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  1. Vitaliy

    no Tom Hardy? he had one of the most scene stealing performances this year. How could they exclude him?

    January 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |

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