FROM THE MAGAZINE

Best Performances 2020: The Complete Visual Portfolio

by Wmag

Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Danielle Priano for PSxDanielle at The Wall Group; Makeup by Scott Barnes for Scott Barnes Beauty at SixK.LA; Manicure by Michelle Saunders.

For W’s Best Performances 2020 issue, the movie stars of the biggest and best films of the past year posed for the photographer Juergen Teller in various locations around Los Angeles, ranging from strip malls to parking lots to the legendary hotel, the Chateau Marmont. With dozens of actors—including Jennifer Lopez, Camila Morrone, Jodie Turner-Smith, Brad Pitt, Adam Driver, Eddie Murphy, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Awkwafina, Cynthia Erivo, Willem Dafoe, and many more—2019’s strongest performances rippled across films that were unusually reflective, almost melancholic. The end of the decade coincides with W’s 10th edition of Best Performances. This year, we salute 29 actors in total who risked baring their souls in one way or another, reflecting the turbulent moment we’re living through. Our aim was to convey true emotion and vulnerability, while welcoming 2020 with hopes for a new beginning. See the complete visual portfolio, below, and click here to read through interviews with each star.

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Laura Dern wears a Gucci dress and boots; Bulgari ring.

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Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Stacey Morris at Criterion Group; Skin by Vera Steimberg at Criterion Group; Manicure by Michelle Saunders.

Eddie Murphy wears a Giorgio Armani suit, vest, and shirt; his own jewelry and shoes.

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Zoey Deutch wears a Balenciaga dress and boots.

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Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Malcolm Edwards at LGA Management; makeup by Sam Bryant at Bryant Artists; manicure by Michelle Saunders.

Scarlett Johansson wears a Versace dress; her own jewelry.

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Adam Driver wears a Louis Vuitton Men’s suit and shirt.

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Margaret Qualley wears a JW Anderson dress; Manolo Blahnik for Carolina Herrera shoes.

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Willem Dafoe wears a Dries Van Noten shirt and pants.

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Elle Fanning wears a Salvatore Ferragamo dress; De Beers Jewellers necklace; Chanel gloves; Wolford tights; Jimmy Choo shoes.

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Florence Pugh wears an Akris top and pants; Marni shoes.

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Kristine Froseth wears a Moschino Couture dress; Bulgari earrings.

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Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves. Grooming by Barbara Guillaume for Armani Beauty at Forward Artists; Manicure by Michelle Saunders.

Adam Sandler wears a Gucci shirt; Brunello Cucinelli pants; Tiffany & Co. necklace; John Hardy bracelet; Van Cleef & Arpels watch; Happy Socks socks; Church’s shoes.

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Brad Pitt wears a Celine by Hedi Slimane tank top, pants, and sunglasses; Tom Ford boots; his own jewelry and watch.

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Brad Pitt wears a Celine by Hedi Slimane tank top, pants, and sunglasses; Tom Ford boots; his own jewelry and watch.

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Joaquin Phoenix wears his own T-shirt.

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Shia LaBeouf wears his own clothing and accessories.

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Cynthia Erivo wears a Valentino dress; Buccellati pendant earrings; all other jewelry her own.

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Antonio Banderas wears a Berluti jacket and pants; Brunello Cucinelli shirt; Falke socks; Celine by Hedi Slimane shoes.

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Dakota Fanning wears a Celine by Hedi Slimane coat, camisole, and shoes; vintage jeans from Jet Rag, Los Angeles.

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So-dam Park wears a Giorgio Armani dress; Patricia Von Musulin necklace; Maison Margiela shoes.

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Shia LaBeouf wears his own clothing and accessories.

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Brad Pitt wears a Celine by Hedi Slimane shirt and tank top; his own necklaces.

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Chris Evans wears a Prada shirt and pants; Bulgari watch.

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Camila Morrone wears a Miu Miu dress.

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Kelvin Harrison Jr. wears a Versace blazer, shirt, pants, and shoes; Giorgio Armani tie; Cartier watch.

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Dakota Fanning wears a Paco Rabanne dress, top, and boots.

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Laura Dern wears a Prada jacket, skirt, bag, and sandals.

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Charlize Theron wears a Dior Fine Jewelry flower-shaped earring and hoop earrings; all other earrings her own.

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Willem Dafoe wears an Hermès shirt; Balenciaga pants; Prada sneakers.

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Cynthia Erivo wears her own rings.

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Billie Lourd wears a Marc Jacobs dress.

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Joaquin Phoenix wears his own clothing and sneakers.

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Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Mark Townsend for Dove Hair at SWA-Agency.

Beanie Feldstein wears a Marc Jacobs dress and tights.

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Kelvin Harrison Jr. wears a Gucci blazer, vest, shirt, pants, and shoes; Giorgio Armani tie; Cartier watch.

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Adam Sandler wears a Gucci shirt; Brunello Cucinelli pants; necklaces, from left: John Hardy, Tiffany & Co.; John Hardy bracelet; Van Cleef & Arpels watch; Church’s shoes.

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Scarlett Johansson wears a Burberry dress; De Beers Jewellers drop earrings; all other jewelry her own.

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Charlize Theron wears a Loewe dress, pants, belt, and shoes; De Beers Jewellers hoop earrings; stylist’s own robe.

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Antonio Banderas wears a Givenchy shirt and pants; Van Cleef & Arpels watch; Falke socks; Fendi Mens shoes.

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Adam Driver wears a Louis Vuitton Men’s suit and shirt; his own shoes.

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Margaret Qualley wears a Salvatore Ferragamo tank top; Maria La Rosa boy shorts; the Row sandals.

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Brad Pitt wears a Celine by Hedi Slimane jacket and tank top; his own necklaces.

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Kaitlyn Dever wears a Marc Jacobs dress; Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs hat.

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Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Cynthia Erivo wears a Valentino dress; Buccellati pendant earrings; all other jewelry her own.

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Taylor Russell wears a Richard Quinn dress; Cartier ring and watch; the Row shoes.

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Florence Pugh wears a Prada coat, top, hat, earrings, and sandals.

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So-dam Park wears a Giorgio Armani dress; Patricia Von Musulin necklace.

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Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Danielle Priano for PSxDanielle at The Wall Group; Makeup by Scott Barnes for Scott Barnes Beauty at SixK.LA; Manicure by Michelle Saunders.

Jennifer Lopez wears an Alberta Ferretti dress; Gucci High Jewelry earrings, necklace, and bracelet; Gucci boots.

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Laura Dern wears a Prada jacket, skirt, bag, and sandals.

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Eddie Murphy wears a Giorgio Armani suit, vest, and shirt; his own watch, jewelry, and shoes.

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Awkwafina wears a Salvatore Ferragamo sweater.

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Chris Evans wears a Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello shirt and pants; Falke socks; Tom Ford boots; his own necklace.

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Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Larry Sims for Flawless at Forward Artists; Makeup by Sam Bryant at Bryant Artists; Manicure by Michelle Saunders.

Jodie Turner-Smith wears a Gucci dress.

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Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves. Hair by Danielle Priano for PSxDanielle at The Wall Group; Makeup by Scott Barnes for Scott Barnes Beauty at SixK.LA; Manicure by Michelle Saunders.

Jennifer Lopez wears an Alberta Ferretti dress; Gucci High Jewelry earrings, necklace, and bracelet.

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Margaret Qualley wears a Celine by Hedi Slimane coat and sneakers.

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Elle Fanning wears a Lanvin dress; Chanel gloves; Wolford tights; Maison Margiela shoes.

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Jodie Turner-Smith wears a Givenchy dress; De Beers Jewellers earrings.

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Photograph by Juergen Teller; Creative Partner to Juergen Teller: Dovile Drizyte; Styled by Sara Moonves.

Awkwafina wears an Etro jacket and jeans; Hermès tank top.

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Kaitlyn Dever wears a Marc Jacobs dress and boots; Stephen Jones for Marc Jacobs hat. Beanie Feldstein wears a Marc Jacobs dress, tights, and shoes. Billie Lourd wears a Marc Jacobs dress, tights, and shoes.

Beanie Feldstein: Hair by Mark Townsend for Dove Hair at SWA-Agency; Makeup by Katey Denno at The Wall Group. Billie Lourd & Kaitlyn Dever: Hair by Malcolm Edwards at LGA Management; Makeup by Sam Bryant at Bryant Artists; Manicures by Michelle Saunders

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Taylor Russell wears a Dior jacket and shorts; Cartier watch; Prada shoes.

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Elle Fanning wears a Salvatore Ferragamo dress; De Beers Jewellers necklace.

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Willem Dafoe wears a Balenciaga tuxedo jacket, shirt, and pants; Prada sneakers.