From Reese Witherspoon and Benedict Cumberbatch to Rosario Dawson and Jenny Slate!

December 10, 2014 04:51 PM

To help us prepare for the upcoming award season, The New York Times‘s NYT magazine is releasing its annual Great Performers issue this Sunday, featuring some of Hollywood’s hottest stars getting to know each other — and each others’ lips. So who’s puckering up in the star-studded spread? Reese Witherspoon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Stewart and Rosario Dawson, to name a few. Below, see the stars get sultry in the gorgeous photos and 9 Kisses mini movies by Elaine Constantine.

Elaine Constantine/The New York Times

The issue’s theme, “duets,” informed the photoshoot, which puts unexpected pairings of celebs together to “recreate the most iconic movie scene in the history of cinema: the kiss.” NYT photographer Constantine shot and directed nine individual kissing scenes to show all the ways in which the kiss has been portrayed in films.

Elaine Constantine/The New York Times

Some of our favorite pairs? Dawson and Jenny Slate, who are ringing in the New Year with a makeout sesh in the back of a car. Or Stewart and Chadwick Boseman’s sensual smooch on the floor (she’s a passionate fan and he’s the rock star object of her desire). And then there are the cover stars, Witherspoon and Cumberbatch, who share an intimate kiss in costume. There’s plenty of inspiration for your own mistletoe moment (or NYE party kiss, or … ).

Elaine Constantine/The New York Times

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Elaine Constantine/The New York Times

Even more stars — including Julianne Moore, Shailene Woodley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw — pucker up for the spread, so be sure to check out the entire Great Performers issue online (there are some killer videos!), or pick up the mag, which hits newsstands this Sunday.

What do you think of the smooching stars? Do you have a favorite photo? Tell us below!

–Sarah Kinonen

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