The Best Performances of the Decade – So Far

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Earlier this week, Robert MacFarlane asked the Twitter void for the greatest performance of this decade now we’ve reached the midpoint to delightful results. Many of these picks came from films without Oscar or box office heights, so there’s also something to be said about how a performance or film can achieve longevity in our minds. It’s about that itch that can’t be scratched, the way the performance evolves over time and reveals itself. With only a small sampling of recurring choices, the selections were exciting reminders that we’re in a new golden age of acting and filmmaking in general.

Close calls were Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), and Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher). I don’t have any 2015 releases included, sometimes things just need time to take root.

So the conversation has freshly brought up recent performances to my mind, and here are the 10 that won’t go away (though dwindling down is agony). Should I continue onto films? Screenplays? On to the list…

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Winning Isn’t Everything – Drag Race’s Successful Losers

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The dirtiest secret of RuPaul’s Drag Race is that sometimes winning doesn’t matter. Being the best at a competition and having a storyline primed for reality television doesn’t always equate to being able to sustain a lasting fanbase and keep up with the rigors of touring and generating new content. What the show truly is is a platform to launch each of the queens that they have to run with. It’s on you to keep us interested, kitty girls.

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Sure, everyone would love that big cash prize, but even more can be made long term by continuing to draw a crowd. Some girls have even proved that you don’t have to do quite well on the show to be popular. Let’s run through some non-winners that have gone on to bigger success…

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May the Best Woman Win – The 10 Best Challenges

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The challenges on RuPaul’s Drag Race don’t just serve to eliminate the queens lacking the charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent it takes to be America’s next drag superstar, but they also push the contestants outside of their comfort zones to illuminate new shades to the queens that we otherwise might never see. Today’s installment of The 8 Days of RuPaul’s Drag Race is going to showcase the ones that have been the best at doing just that, with some outstanding favorites thrown in as well.

Recurring challenges like the Snatch Game, Reading is Fundamental (never better than Jujubee’s above performance), and my personal favorite Everyone Loves Puppets are inelligible, though season six had probably the best round of all three.

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So what gave the girls the best moments to shine?…

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Remembering the First Eliminated Queens

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After being chosen for RuPaul’s Drag Race, the first objective on every participating queen’s mind is DON’T GET SENT HOME FIRST. You can read the tea leaves as to which season eight queen gets that unfortunate fate, but judging from the talent pool, the elimination will be brutal no matter which one goes. In the seven seasons thus far, the first elimination has ranged from obvious to unfortunate to downright unfair. Whatever their fate, these gone too soon queens are typically the least heralded, so let’s take a minute to celebrate their part in the Drag Race pantheon.

Onto our underloved girls…

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The 10 Guiltiest Pleasures of RuPaul’s Drag Race

Welcome to the 8 Days of RuPaul’s Drag Race! ♫ This is the beginning, the beginning

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Never mind that detour – I’m starting things off with a celebration of everything we adore (“party”) in this show despite the speed bumps along the way. That’s right, our not-so-guilty pleasure has some guilty pleasures tucked inside. Let’s run down the moments, queens, and flubs we love despite our better judgment…

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The fun begins after the jump…

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