New York Times Magazine recruited 18 of the year's most notable starts to participate in its annual special, "Great Performers." This year's interactive features nine short films, directed by Elaine Constantine, about a single kiss. A masked Benedict Cumberbatch kisses Reese Witherspoon. Miles Teller makes out with Gugu Mbatha-Raw in a wedding dress. Shailene Woodley chastely pecks Jack O'Connell on the cheek, and Rosario Dawson shares a New Year's kiss with Jenny Slate (seen below).
"What is undeniable is that movies — Hollywood movies especially, but far from exclusively — made kissing more visible," A.O. Scott wrote in the New York Times. They established a glamorous iconography and an elegant choreography for an experience that, in real life, is frequently sloppy, clumsy and less than perfectly graceful." These moments, however, are graceful as hell.Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the videos, and you can see all nine clips over at the New York Times.