For this year's New York Times magazine Great Performances series, it turned to classic film noir for inspiration to photograph the sixteen outstanding actors selected. The performers are Emma Stone ("La La Land"), Viola Davis and Denzel Washington ("Fences"), Don Cheadle ("Miles Ahead"), Taraji P. Henson ("Hidden Figures"), Royalty Hightower ("The Fits"), Natalie Portman ("Jackie"), Krisha Fairchild ("Krisha"), Alex R. Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes ("Moonlight"), Ruth Negga ("Loving"), Isabelle Huppert ("Elle", "Things To Come"), Sasha Lane ("American Honey"), Casey Affleck ("Manchester By the Sea") and Kristen Stewart ("Certain Women", "Cafe Society").
Photographer Jack Davison took some amazing period-like pictures while Gina Prince-Bythewood ("Love & Basketball") directed nine black & white shorts using the actors in virtual reality which enables the viewer to actually feel like they're in the scene. Also Times film critics, A.O. Scott and Wesley Morris discuss the year in cinema, highlighting the exceptional performances from this distinguished group.
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Great Performances: L.A. Noir