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From Jay-Z to Jon Stewart: The Best Performances of 2009

Sure, everyone loved Meryl as Julia, and Morgan Freeman as Mandela, and Mo'Nique as the worst mother in the history of ever. But Great Performances don't just come from big movie stars in awards-bait flicks. They come from everywhere: stunt-bikers, Broadway actors, rappers, a guy who shoves a $100 bill down his pants, even Ryan Reynolds. Anyone who moves us, makes us laugh, or fascinates us for one concert, one television episode, one song, one viral video. Check out Vulture's 30 Great Performances of 2009.

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