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The 2020 Oscars: Everything We Know About The 92nd Academy Awards

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This year, we’ll be getting our Oscar festivities earlier than usual. With the world-famous awards show slated to air live in early February, we’re already in the thick of it with awards season. It’ll only be a matter of time before we learn which 2019 movies will take home this season’s slate of gold statues. Therefore, there’s hardly any time to waste! As the 2020 Oscar nominations are set to be announced in a few short weeks, we have a lot to look forward to this Oscar season. The 92nd Academy Awards is already looking contentious, which should make for another fun, exciting evening.

There is a lot we don’t know about this year’s Oscars ceremony. We don’t know who will be nominated (though there is always speculation). We don’t know who will win. Hell, we don’t even know who’ll be there. Or who the host will be (assuming there is a host this year). But there are a lot of things we do know about the forthcoming Academy Awards ceremony, and we are taking this opportunity to give you a proper rundown of what’s to come.

The Filmmakers of Green Book Accepting Best Picture 2019

When Do The 2020 Oscars Take Place?

This year, as mentioned earlier, the 92nd Academy Awards will take place earlier than usual. While the live awards show has traditionally aired in either late February or early March in previous years, this year’s ceremony will be televised on February 9th, 2020, starting with the red carpet events at 6:30 PM. As per usual, this year’s Oscar telecast airs on ABC, which will — once again — be held in the historic Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

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Who’s Hosting The 2020 Oscars?

Ultimately, it’s hard to know if there will even be a host at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. After a great deal of controversy surrounding Kevin Hart, the planned host for last year’s Oscars stepped down from the position, and the awards ceremony decided to have a host-less telecast for the first time since 1989. The ceremony received mixed notices, but generally speaking, there were a lot of folks who thought the show went off without a hitch, allowing itself to go by a little more breezy than normal without the added comedy segments provided by the host. As it was reported by Thrillist, ABC’s entertainment president Karey Burke suggested that a host-less Oscars might now be the norm, especially with many people getting cold feet about the possibility of stepping in to host the show in our social media age, but there’s been nothing officially announced about this possibility. For now, it’s one giant question mark.

Spike Lee Accepting Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars 2019

When Will The 2020 Academy Awards Nominations Be Announced?

The nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards will be announced on January 13th, 2020. If they follow the tradition of the past few years, they will be streamed live on Oscars.com and Oscars.org, as well as the Academy’s social media pages, which includes Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Who Will Perform At The 2020 Academy Awards?

Traditionally, the Best Original Song category has gotten a mixed amount of notice during the Oscar ceremony. Some years, every song is performed. Other years, only a few songs are performed live. Other times, there are only one or two songs performed, or no songs performed. Last year, as many likely remember Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s outstanding rendition of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, there were noteworthy musical performances during the evening’s ceremony. This year, we may see all of the nominees  get a chance to perform. Nothing has been said or suggested otherwise, so it’s just a matter of waiting for that to be confirmed. As for the potential nominees, it’s hard to predict what will make the cut. Some potential nominees include Beyonce for The Lion King, Elton John for either The Lion King and/or Rocketman, Randy Newman for Toy Story 4, and Taylor Swift for Cats, to name a mere few.

Robert De Niro - The Irishman

What Movies Are In the Running For Best Picture?

This year’s race for Best Picture is looking pretty wide at the moment, with any number of movies fighting for the chance to be nominated for the very prestigious category. Just a few of the frontrunners at the moment, however, include (but are certainly not limited to), The Irishman, Little Women, 1917, Joker, Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood, Marriage Story, Bombshell, Parasite, A Hidden Life, Uncut Gems, The Two Popes, Richard Jewell, Cats, Ford v. Ferrari, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Jojo Rabbit, The Farewell, and Knives Out. Of course, not all of these films will make their way into the selection process, notably with only 10 possible nominations (and usually the Academy picks between seven or eight films). Still, it will be fascinating to see what makes the cut. The films vary across the board in terms of tone and subject matter. It makes for an interesting crop of films.

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Which Actors/Actresses Are In The Running For Academy Awards?

It is going to be a tremendously tight race for Best Actor this year. The field is stacked with potential nominees, though there are a few frontrunners at the moment. At the front of the pack is Joaquin Phoenix in the title role for Joker, though Adam Driver is definitely picking up notice and attention for his fantastic work in Marriage Story. These two actors might be neck-and-neck as the days keep winding down towards next year’s award ceremony. Furthermore, Antonio Banderas in Pain & Glory, Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems, Robert De Niro in The Irishman (another potential frontrunner), Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce for The Two Popes, and possibly Eddie Murphy for Dolemite is My Name, Taron Egerton for Rocketman, Matt Damon for Ford v. Ferrari, and Timothee Chamalet for Little Women are all in the running for this year’s award.

And those are only a few of the potential contenders for Best Actor this year. No matter what, there are going to be a lot of snubs in that category. While this year’s Best Actress isn’t as tough as the Best Actor field, there are certainly no shortage of frontrunners at the moment vying for the award. Specifically, Renee Zellweger in Judy and Scarlett Johansson in Marriage Story look like strong possibilities, while Saoirse Ronan in Little Women, Charlize Theron in Bombshell, Awkwafina in The Farewell, and Cynthia Erivo in Harriet are strong contenders at the moment. But it’s still an open race.

This is what we know so far about the 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, and there’s certainly going to be more information to come in the days, weeks and months ahead. Therefore, stay tuned to CinemaBlend as we’ll continue to feed you updates related to this exciting Oscar season.

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Knives Out Contains A Clever Visual Twist Many Viewers Are Missing

Knives Out is a, more or less, whodunit in the classic style. It’s got a house full of suspects in the form of an all-star cast. It’s got a detective who seems to see everything. It’s got a seemingly impossible murder. It’s the sort of movie that is designed to keep its audience guessing and get them to question everything that they see. And as it turns out, with Knives Out we should be questioning literally everything we see as even some of the film’s simplest elements aren’t what they appear to be.

Knives Out cinematographer Steve Yedlin recently took to Twitter to reveal some of the film’s secrets that we didn’t even know were secrets. Because of Knives Out‘s particular style, the movie has a lot of close ups of actors speaking, and some of them, like Jamie Lee Curtis and Daniel Craig, are wearing eyeglasses. This is a problem because the glasses can potentially reflect the lighting and cameras being used to film them. However, the movie’s Key Grip, Matt Mania solved the problem, and in the below tweet you can see how.

For this scene with Jamie Lee Curtis, we see that it’s being filmed on a stage, not a room in an actual house, which means the actress isn’t looking at anything other than the crew filming her for the movie. If her glasses reflected what she actually saw, we’d seen the camera operator and the lighting rig, but thanks to the Key Grip, we see what we would expect to see, windows on the opposite side of the room. There’s are no windows of course, it’s a painting, but in the reflection, that fact is lost.

It’s a neat trick that certainly works. The alternative would have been simply removing the lenses from the glasses in order to prevent reflection. This is what Paul Feig did for Chris Hemsworth in the Ghostbusters reboot, that actually led to a great joke about the lack of lenses. However, by taking the extra step here, Knives Out feels that much more real because we can see the reflections.

Here’s a second example of a forced perspective matte painting, that doesn’t only hide the filming equipment, but makes the room where the filming is happening appear larger than it actually is, based on where the painting is located.

This works so well, and it’s something that few people would actually go looking for, so it seems unlikely we ever would have known this was being done if the Knives Out crew hadn’t shown it off. At the same time, it’s great work and Key Grip Matt Mania deserves all the credit in the world for his work, so it’s nice to see his work being recognized. If you haven’t seen Knives Out, you can now do so with an added piece of information and now you can closely inspect all the eyeglasses to see if you can tell the difference.

Even John Boyega Was ‘Iffy’ With Some Choices Made In Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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The Star Wars franchise is in a fascinating place right now, and fan excitement is palpable. In addition to the release of The Mandalorian on Disney+ (and the adoration of Baby Yoda), we’re mere days away from the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. J.J. Abrams’ upcoming blockbuster will end the nine-film story that began with A New Hope, so the pressure is on. It’s also the follow-up to The Last Jedi, the most divisive entry in the franchise. And now John Boyega has opened up about feeling “iffy” about Rian Johnson’s previous installment.

John Boyega’s Finn is one of the new heroes in the current trilogy, leading the cast alongside Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac. Finn spent The Last Jedi on a side mission with Rose Tico, and it seems he wasn’t really happy with that narrative choice. He recently spoke to his concerns, saying:

Rian Johnson’s bold narrative choices weren’t only divisive among the fans, but among the cast of The Last Jedi itself. Mark Hamill has been open about his concerns regarding Luke’s story, and now it seems that John Boyega spoke to the legendary actor about his own concerns.

John Boyega’s comments to Hype Beast aren’t especially specific about what John Boyega disliked about The Last Jedi, but it was at least partly due to the starring cast being separated. Rian Johnson put the trio of heroes on their own adventures, resulting in three very different stories. Rey attempted to bring Luke back to The Resistance, Poe staged a mutiny, and Finn traveled to Canto Bight in search of a hacker. The separation was so severe that Poe and Rey met for the very first time in the final scene.

Of course, this might not be the only issue John Boyega had with The Last Jedi. He mentions not agreeing with “a lot of the choices”, that were made for Episode VII, so he could be referencing any number of twists. Snoke was unceremoniously killed, while Rey’s parentage was given an anticlimactic answer. Then there was the handling of Luke, as the franchise’s hero was transformed into a jaded recluse. Plus, there’s his ultimate fate and death.

The pressure is on for J.J. Abrams to deliver, although the cast seems happy with how the franchise ended. Luckily, all of our questions about the blockbuster will soon be over.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will arrive in theaters on December 20th. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Knives Out Contains A Clever Visual Twist Many Viewers Are Missin

Knives Out is a, more or less, whodunit in the classic style. It’s got a house full of suspects in the form of an all-star cast. It’s got a detective who seems to see everything. It’s got a seemingly impossible murder. It’s the sort of movie that is designed to keep its audience guessing and get them to question everything that they see. And as it turns out, with Knives Out we should be questioning literally everything we see as even some of the film’s simplest elements aren’t what they appear to be.

Knives Out cinematographer Steve Yedlin recently took to Twitter to reveal some of the film’s secrets that we didn’t even know were secrets. Because of Knives Out‘s particular style, the movie has a lot of close ups of actors speaking, and some of them, like Jamie Lee Curtis and Daniel Craig, are wearing eyeglasses. This is a problem because the glasses can potentially reflect the lighting and cameras being used to film them. However, the movie’s Key Grip, Matt Mania solved the problem, and in the below tweet you can see how.

For this scene with Jamie Lee Curtis, we see that it’s being filmed on a stage, not a room in an actual house, which means the actress isn’t looking at anything other than the crew filming her for the movie. If her glasses reflected what she actually saw, we’d seen the camera operator and the lighting rig, but thanks to the Key Grip, we see what we would expect to see, windows on the opposite side of the room. There’s are no windows of course, it’s a painting, but in the reflection, that fact is lost.

It’s a neat trick that certainly works. The alternative would have been simply removing the lenses from the glasses in order to prevent reflection. This is what Paul Feig did for Chris Hemsworth in the Ghostbusters reboot, that actually led to a great joke about the lack of lenses. However, by taking the extra step here, Knives Out feels that much more real because we can see the reflections.

Here’s a second example of a forced perspective matte painting, that doesn’t only hide the filming equipment, but makes the room where the filming is happening appear larger than it actually is, based on where the painting is located.

This works so well, and it’s something that few people would actually go looking for, so it seems unlikely we ever would have known this was being done if the Knives Out crew hadn’t shown it off. At the same time, it’s great work and Key Grip Matt Mania deserves all the credit in the world for his work, so it’s nice to see his work being recognized. If you haven’t seen Knives Out, you can now do so with an added piece of information and now you can closely inspect all the eyeglasses to see if you can tell the difference.

Amber Heard Is Fighting for Social Justice in Red Lipstick

I just read She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, [the reporters who broke the explosive report about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations], and it was insanely good. Spectacular. It’s detail-oriented, specific, biting, and smart. And it really champions the truth and highlights the crucial role journalism can play in our world, especially when it’s done correctly and not encumbered by the systems in place to protect those who are abusing positions of power. When [those systems] are challenged or circumnavigated and truth can come out, what a difference it makes.

Ronan Farrow’s book Catch and Kill is also equally good—a page-turner like no other. Frankly, I’m a little sad that I finished them. But I just started Sally Rooney’s book Conversation with Friends, and it’s such a good read. I think we need more women to speak from our generation and through our perspectives. Not by politicians, but by activists and thought leaders. I want to see more of our presence in the fiction world and in creative spaces too.

You’re stranded on a desert island. What are the three products you want with you?

Sunblock, sunblock, and sunblock. I mean, look at my skin. I’m going to bring sunblock and reading material. That’s it. Abandon the constraints of a bathing suit, I just need something for my brain and for my skin.

What’s your go-to getting ready music?

It changes a lot, but these days I’m into “dad music,” as they call it. So the old classics. I listen to them loud volume, no shame.

You’ve got $20 and free roam of a drugstore. What do you buy?

I’d definitely buy some lipstick. I love a red L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche. There’s a reason they say lipstick is recession proof. It’s one product that can dramatically change how you look and how you express yourself. And then for the rest: sunblock, an eye mask, and I don’t know how much more my $20 will get me, but maybe bath salts?

Billie Eilish And Alicia Keys’s Emotional Duet Will Melt Your Bones

Billie Eilish appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden for a special episode that saw Alicia Keys filling in for its host of the same name. And when you have two amazing singers on the same stage, it’s not too far fetched to believe that melodies will leak out, and that’s exactly what happened when the pair gave an impromptu, piano-led performance of Eilish’s breakout 2016 song, “Ocean Eyes.”

The chilling duet of swirling voices bathed in blue stage lights kicked off after Keys opened up the desk that she was sitting behind, saying “I didn’t bring this thing here for nothing.” Out of its head popped fresh piano keys, causing the crowd to roar in excitement. With Eilish’s smile of approval, Keys played the instantly memorable melody of “Ocean Eyes,” introducing her intense and soothing voice. For the duration of the duet, Keys offered an amazing counterbalance to Eilish’s soft caroling, creating a one-of-a-kind rendition of the song that is just as awesome as the original. The pair ended by pressing their voices together for a stirring climax that you can feel in your bones. Finished, they sealed it with an epic on-stage hug, congratulating each other for one hell of a ride.

Eilish released a haunting video for “Xanny” earlier this month that’s about turning her back towards drugs. Her debut studio LP, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, was the most streamed album on Spotify in 2019.

Take a look at Eilish and Keys’s awesome duet up above.

The Nike Victory Swimsuit Is An Inclusive Option for Athletes

“Nike believes if you have a body, you’re an athlete,” says Martha Moore, vice president and creative director behind the design. That means everyone should be able to participate in sport—something Moore and her team noticed was a particular issue for women and girls in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, many of whom are kept out of water sports simply because they have nothing appropriate to wear. The full line, including the Nike Swim Hijab, Nike Full-Coverage Swim Tunic, and Nike Swim Leggings, launches February 1 on nike.com and in retail stores.

In the western world, burkinis tend to be controversial and a little bit misunderstood. But the stereotype is changing—2019 was, after all, the year Halima Aden made history as the first woman to appear in Sports Illustrated’s iconically sexy swimsuit issue in a burkini. So when they started the design process, Nike wanted to make sure they got the cultural nuances right. “When we started with the idea, we thought it was going to be a jumpsuit,” says Moore. “We were schooled. We were basically told no, it’s not about body conscious, it is about body skimming. And that really was a new paradigm for us to think about. What would that mean in terms of fabric? What would that mean in terms of fit? What would that mean in terms of support? And what would that mean in terms of hair management? That’s really where we started, those four big ideas,” she says.

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Victory Swimsuits are big on technical innovations. The suits are made from nylon (most swimsuits are made of polyester) which doesn’t absorb water, to help avoid drag. Strategically placed mesh creates a gill-like effect that allows water to drain out of the suit once you’re on dry land. For support, the suit has a built in bra designed in part based on the insights Nike gathered while designing the World Cup uniforms for the USWNT. And as far as keeping hair covered? Nike went through 55 prototypes before landing on a hydrodynamically designed hijab that won’t budge during laps.

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The final result is something Nike hopes does more than just solve practical performance needs. “The big fifth idea was to make it beautiful. Make it elegant, make it lovely, make it say ‘I feel strong and fierce,’” says Moore. “That’s a victory for women.”

Macaela MacKenzie is a senior editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter @MacaelaMack and on Instagram @MacaelaMac.

10 Great Serious Performances From Super Funny People, Including Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems

Hollywood can be a cutthroat business, so when a performer learns that they do something well, and can consistently get paid for it, it often makes sense for them to continue doing that thing. It’s why a lot of comedic performers generally stick to making comedies for the bulk of their careers. That being said, when a certain level of comfortability is reached, it gives actors the freedom to start testing their range and trying new things, and as we’ve seen many times in movie history, the results can be phenomenal.

This week we have a perfect example of this kind of move arriving in theaters in the form of the Safdie brothers’ crime drama Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler – so we figure now is as good a time as any to look back at some of the best serious performances from super funny people. Some resulted in attention from the Oscars, and some are very much underrated, but they all share greatness in common.

Adam Sandler holding a Furby necklace in Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Let’s start with the performance that inspired this list. Cinephiles have known for a long time that Adam Sandler has some serious dramatic chops, with his most lauded performance being his starring role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch Drunk Love, but the comedic actors has spent the large majority of his time in the years since then making silly low-brow features for Netflix. Uncut Gems, however, provides an opportunity for Sandler to get out of his box and do something legitimately special, and he excels. He’s a whole new orbit as the wheeling-and-dealing Howard Ratner, and delivers what we will likely look back on as the best work he has ever done.

Jim Carrey wishing good morning in The Truman Show

Jim Carrey, The Truman Show

With an incredible string of hits in the mid-1990s, Jim Carrey reached that aforementioned comfortability stage quite quickly in his big screen career, and it allowed him to do a legendary pivot to drama in 1998. After years of making audiences guffaw at his rubber faced antics, he teamed up with director Peter Weir for The Truman Show and delivered a genuinely deep and impressive performance. Much of the character work takes advantage of Carrey’s well-established and unique affability, but the film allowed him to reach a new level in audience perception as it’s remarkable to watch Truman Burbank begin to understand the nature of his life and all of the crushing realizations that come along with it.

Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple

Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple

Whoopi Goldberg presents an interesting case in this particular conversation, as she is primarily known for her career in comedy, but her greatest dramatic turn was in the second film she ever made. While she was simultaneously establishing a career doing stand-up comedy, Steven Spielberg caught a performance of hers on Broadway and enlisted her to do what would wind up being some blistering work as Celie Johnson in The Color Purple – which also earned her an Academy Award nomination. Few performers have ever arrived in the movie world with such a forceful impact, and the EGOT she has earned since makes every kind of sense.

Peter Sellers, Being There

Peter Sellers, Being There

Peter Sellers is unquestionably one of the most gifted comedic minds to ever walk this planet, with his incredible achievements and contributions basically being the same length as his resume. He spent decades making audiences bowl over in hysteria – so it’s somberly fitting that one of his final performances before his untimely death was in Hal Ashby’s dramatic adaptation of Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There. It’s not entirely a dark affair, but it is a vicious satire that hinges on a very nuanced lead performances as Sellers’ Chance, a total simpleton, gains incredible power and influence through simple passivity.

Albert Brooks, Drive

Albert Brooks, Drive

Albert Brooks is an incredibly funny actor who has proven his dramatic chops numerous times – with titles like James L. Brooks’ Broadcast News and Steven Soderbergh’s Out Of Sight standing out on his resume – but his performance in Nicholas Winding Refn’s Drive has a notable extra spice added into the mix: intensity. It can be challenging for comedic performers to shift into villain roles given all of their work specifically trying to charm audiences, but Brooks is seriously scary as level-headed crime boss Bernie Rose, and it’s a true testament to his skills how his appearance on screen can raise your blood pressure.

Bill Murray, Lost In Translation

Bill Murray, Lost In Translation

With a comedic flair that has long been defined by sardonic wit, Bill Murray seemingly always had the skills necessary to pull off real drama, and it was Sofia Coppola who really gave him his first chance at real greatness in the arena with the lead role in Lost In Translation. The role isn’t without some wonderful moments of levity, as fading movie star Bob Harris finds himself a fish out of water exploring the streets of Tokyo, but what makes the performance truly brilliant is the emotional depth that Murray is able to explore, and the spectacular bond he is able to create with Scarlett Johansson’s Charlotte.

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Steve Carell has had a fascinating career from a genre perspective, as he’s one of the few great comedic performers who was so successful in making the transition from comedy to drama that he basically just decided to stick with it and totally change his public profile. While we will always remember laughing at his antics on The Office and The Daily Show, he is now regularly doing seriously emotional work in films like Adam McKay’s The Big Short and Felix van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy, and it all started with Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. In addition to being an amazing physically transformative performance, with Carell being practically being unrecognizable as wrestling fanatic/murderer John du Pont, it’s also a turn that very much gets under your skin, and the actor very much earned his first Best Actor nomination.

Marlon Wayans, Requiem For A Dream

Marlon Wayans, Requiem For A Dream

There are many performances mentioned on this list that are incredibly griping and impressive, but Marlon Wayans work in Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem For A Dream is the one that’s so amazing that you can pretty much only ever experience it once — as going back for Round 2 would be straight-up emotional torture. Few films in history have done such a remarkable job depicting the horrors of drug addiction, and as helpless heroin user Tyrone C. Love, Wayans gives an absolutely gut-wrenching turn; and one that’s made all the more powerful thanks to all of the good will he earned through the years of making people laugh.

Jonah Hill on the phone in Moneyball

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

In 2011, audiences didn’t fully know what to make of Jonah Hill being cast as one of the key players alongside Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Bennett Miller’s Moneyball, as everyone was exclusively used to seeing him as Seth from Greg Mottola’s Superbad or his other Judd Apatow-related projects. With the based-on-a-true story baseball film, however, he was able to not only instantly change public perception of his acting skills, but pick up his first Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars. Peter Brand is a subtle character, acting as the man behind the man who helped change sports history in his own way, but it’s brilliant in its low-key way and a mix of both fun and wonderful.

Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in The End Of The Tour

Jason Segel, The End Of The Tour

Making the transition from comedy to drama is tricky enough, but Jason Segel made it an even trickier move by starring in James Ponsoldt’s The End Of The Tour by portraying a true life icon. More than just trying to carve out an authentic dramatic performance, the star had to embody the spirit of genius author David Foster Wallace, and really it’s stunning to see him work. The entire movie really rests on his personality, as the film is almost entirely a moving back-and-forth dialogue between him and Jesse Eisenberg’s David Lipsky, and it’s impressive to watch Segel work —spitting out personal philosophies that you want to immediately jot down and refer back to in regular life. It’s one of the more unsung turns on this list, but no less worthy of celebration.

What are your favorite serious performances from actors best known for their comedic work? Hit the comments section below with all of your thoughts, feelings, and opinions!

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5 Survivors of Jeffrey Epstein’s Abuse on Trauma, Justice, and Sisterhood

Rachel Benavidez: This is important stuff, and this is an important sisterhood that we have. And Virginia said, “Well, we want to focus on moving forward,” which absolutely, I do. I want to move forward with this, and help other women and children.

Virginia Giuffre: That’s what we were.

Rachel Benavidez: So, it’s very important. For me, I’m still in that phase of healing and trauma, and processing that. But I want to move forward. And I feel like with my sisterhood, with these women, and all the other hundreds who aren’t here, that that can really help me. So, thank you, Virginia, for putting yourself out there on all levels, and providing this opportunity for all of us.

Virginia Giuffre: It means the world.

Rachel Benavidez: You’re beautiful. And you’re so strong. And I love when you speak, you’re like, “Yeah, and what about going after that bitch” [laughter]. It was like, yeah, yes. I’m just happy to be here, and I’m happy to share my story. But I’m very teary, so I’m sorry. And I’m a ugly crier.

Virginia Giuffre: Don’t worry!

Rachel Benavidez: It’s not too pretty.

Teresa Helm: Speaking about the sisterhood of everyone gathering throughout these, this time? I don’t even know how to put it. These times, this time? What is this?

Rachel Benavidez: It’s a time warp. It feels like I’m in a time warp, actually.

Virginia Giuffre: It’s a past, present, and future topic.

Teresa Helm: It is. It is a past, present, and future. I mean, it’s been nearly two decades since this all began. Who knew that nearly two decades later, I would be sitting around discussing this now, going through it, seeing the events unfold as they have? And who knows how they’re going to continue to unfold?