As we kick off the New Year, there are two major events on everyone’s minds. President-Elect Donald Trump takes office later this month, and some of the best talent of our time competes for Oscar glory next month.
W Magazine used their latest issue to promote a sense of unity during these uncertain times. While the election steadily tore our country apart, the editors were getting 12 of today’s biggest actors for The Movie Issue. Photographer Craig McDean captured these performers in intimate poses, tenderly embracing each other as couples with no regard to age, race or gender.
One cover shows Moonlight star Mahershala Ali hugging Nicole Kidman; another features Adam Driver with his arms wrapped around Viggo Mortensen; Ruth Negga and Natalie Portman—two amazing actresses who portrayed powerful women this year—lean in as if to kiss.
As the country remains divided on the most detrimental issues, it’s important we use all willing platforms to deliver powerful messages, and W proves that the most potent protest comes in the form of love.