The Making of the 2022 Greatest Performances Problem


I’ve all the time been an enormous film fan. One of many issues I’ve missed most in the course of the pandemic goes to an precise theater, so when Editor at Massive Lynn Hirschberg invited me to a screening of Home of Gucci, I jumped on the probability. It was a wet Friday evening, and I couldn’t have been extra thrilled to sit down again and benefit from the large display. I beloved watching Girl Gaga as Patrizia Gucci, and an unrecognizable Jared Leto as her homely cousin-in-law. The glamour, the drama, the style—I beloved all of it.

Make-up artist Daniel Sallstrom with Alana Haim.

After we began planning our annual Greatest Performances portfolio, we mentioned with photographer Tim Walker how we’d carry that degree of glitz and fantasy to the pages of W. Walker shot 35 of our favourite actors in Los Angeles over three lengthy days. The spotlight of the expertise for me was witnessing them and our artistic groups coming collectively. After I requested Jude Hill, the 11-year-old newcomer in Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, who his idol was, he mentioned Jake Gyllenhaal. By pure coincidence, Gyllenhaal was simply arriving on set, and shocked Hill whereas he was being photographed. The image of Hill smiling, on web page 125, was taken on the actual second when Gyllenhaal walked behind the digital camera to say hi there.

Performances had been highly effective this 12 months. They included Benedict Cumberbatch because the brother-in-law from hell in The Energy of the Canine, and Denzel Washington as Macbeth in The Tragedy of Macbeth. Kristen Stewart reworked into Princess Diana in Spencer, and Jennifer Hudson grew to become Aretha Franklin in Respect. Characters had been large and daring, as had been the celebs who performed them. Director Paul Thomas Anderson escorted Cooper Hoffman, the lead in his nice movie Licorice Pizza, to our set. Anderson sat subsequent to me and Hirschberg on an apple field, as we watched Walker seize Hoffman. It was an actual pinch-yourself second to have all that expertise in a single room. The following day, we shot Hoffman’s breakout costar, Alana Haim, carrying what we dubbed “Cher hair.” Passing’s Ruth Negga channeled Hitchcock’s The Birds together with her blonde wig and Miu Miu jacket. Kirsten Dunst grew to become a special type of housewife from the one she performs in The Energy of the Canine, watering the fake flower beds that set designer Gary Card had constructed.

Filippo Scotti with Lynn Hirschberg’s canine, Zora.

Picture assistant Antonio Perricone with Haim.

Elsewhere in our first subject of the 12 months, we pay tribute to the nice Shonda Rhimes. Tradition Editor Brooke Marine examines Rhimes’s big profession in tv, from her early days on Gray’s Anatomy, to the most recent season of Bridgerton, to her much-anticipated collection Inventing Anna, with Julia Garner, who was on our cowl final fall. In our Collections Choice function, we collaborated with one of many nice designers of this technology, Jonathan Anderson, monitoring his progressive work at Loewe by way of the years. It was Anderson’s concept to have the magnificent performer Justin Vivian Bond be his muse on this story. Anderson tells author Eric Wilson that he selected Bond as a result of he knew she would have the ability to make his previous collections look new once more; judging from photographer Jack Pierson’s pictures, that’s definitely the case.

In “Forward of the Pack,” photographer Campbell Addy, stylist Harry Lambert, and author Jenny Comita staff as much as highlight the younger avant-garde designers who’re pushing boundaries, impressed by all the pieces from retro-future anime to the artist Christo to the metaverse. “Tour de Drive,” shot on the streets of Paris by photographer Tim Elkaïm and styled by Brian Molloy, focuses on sculptural shapes, that includes must-haves from Proenza Schouler, the Row, and Giorgio Armani. And at last, the dream staff of Rafael Pavarotti and Ibrahim Kamara take the garments of the season—together with Miu Miu’s barely there bralette and miniskirt, and Dior’s light-as-a-feather gown—to a different dimension, this time on the one and solely Naomi Campbell.

A collection of hairstylist Ali Pirzadeh’s wigs.

Whether or not in films, tv, or style, this previous 12 months’s Greatest Performances introduced us pleasure and a way of escape—one thing we might all use much more of. Right here’s to a wholesome 2022. Completely happy New 12 months, and benefit from the subject!

Love,

Sara Moonves

All pictures Courtesy of W Workers.

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