W Magazine’s Movie Issue Covers Feature Five Amazing Women—And One Random Guy


You already know about Elle and their somewhat strange, possibly offensive treatment of Mindy Kaling on their February 2014 cover, but another magazine has put out a series of covers worth talking about. Kudos to W magazine for seriously kicking out the jams for the covers of their “Movie” issue. The magazine has put out six different covers chronicling the best films and performances of 2013, featuring Amy Adams, Oprah, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and…one sortakinda random dude.


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And who is the lucky man who gets to be featured alongside these amazing ladies?


Matthew McConaughey!!

Do not get me wrong; I don’t have anything against Matthew McConaughey. I hear his performance in The Dallas Buyer’s Club is amazing, and he seems like a nice, slow talkin’ Texas guy, as well as a talented actor. I can appreciate that. But man, was he a random, last minute inclusion? I picture a W editorial meeting where they were sitting around like, “Ok, we have five awesome, buzzed-about women for the covers. What else do we need? Oh yeah! A dude!”

I want to say that I also think the photos are gorgeous—I especially love the subdued, Instagram-y filter tones. (Can you tell how much I learned about photographic terminology in one semester of high school photo?) It’s also terrific to see two women of color featured prominently on a national magazine cover, one who is already incredibly famous (Oprah) and one who is on her way up (Lupita).

Ok, now let’s talk about the clothes. Matthew McConaughey’s shiny, bright blue suit is…interesting. J.Law is totally rocking that floral crop top and high-waisted hot shorts set. Cate Blanchett looks radiant in an oversize 70s-does-30s boa and classic Hollywood red lips. Even with strangely limp-looking (perhaps it’s wet?) hair and while holding her boobs, Amy Adams manages to look great in a floofy pink gown. Lupita Nyong’o is flawless in a strapless print dress. And Oprah in orange? I love it. I freaking love it.

To see more of Juergen Teller‘s photos of the stars and read the accompanying stories, visit W‘s website.

Photos: W Magazine

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    • Kaitlin Reilly

      Lupita’s dress is beautiful. I love these covers, they’re gorgeous. And I’m kind of obsessed with the blue suit.

    • Alma

      Amy’s photo reminds me of a wonderful summer day having a water ballon fight with your cousins/siblings in the front yard dressed in Sundays best…..*sigh*

    • elle

      I mean, yeah it’s kind of random but also not if it really is to chronicle ” the best performances” he was amazing in Dallas Buyers Club and I’ll be pretty bummed if he doesn’t get an Oscar nod. I’ll be pretty bummed if he doesn’t win the Oscar. I kinda love his suit too, I wonder if I could convince my husband to wear it…. And Lupitas skin always looks amazing, so jealous of her lifeless skin.

      • elle

        Haha that’s hilarious. I just realized poreless autocorrect to lifeless. Lifeless skin would not be amazing. PORELESS skin on the other hand, is.

      • Katja Yount

        He’s done very well to scrap his pretty boy image and take on some really terrific character pieces. Seriously, go rent Bernie if you like docudramas. He’s just a supporting character but an important element to that film and just as wonderful as Jack Black was surprisingly good in that movie.

      • elle

        He really has! Me and my sister’s were talking about that the other day after we saw DBC, how he went from being kind of an average actor in cheesy romcoms to a really talented actor in more serious films. I haven’t seen Bernie yet but it’s in my Netflix queue, I’ll have to watch it asap. He was awesome in Mud, too.

    • Lindsey Conklin

      Lupita looks absolutely stunning!! although, I have to admit I think Matthew kind of looks drunk.

    • Mandie

      Can’t stop won’t stop, love me some Matthew.

    • Mel

      It looks there are several men featured in the larger magazine piece, and they just featured photographs of the first five performers mentioned. So I’m not sure that McConaughey’s inclusion was totally random/only done to add a token man to the mix. If he was the only man, period, then yeah, I’d agree that’d be odd. But as it is, I think it’s neat that they primarily featured women

    • Kay_Sue

      I was once a curtain, window pane and two police officers away from Matthew.

      If the officers had not been there, I can’t guarantee that the window pane would have been either. I was kind of obsessed…