BEST OF 2008: ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Holly Hunter's "Saving Grace" role veered into new territory as that rarely seen character: an explicitly sexual 40-year-old woman. "Grace is a study of human nature first and foremost," Hunter said in a June interview. "The allure of Grace is her complexity. She can often entice conflicts, and she surrenders to her desires, what she feels could be the most fun, intoxicating, seductive, tantalizing, what could be the most cool. So many people slog through the moments to, say, get to Friday. Grace lives fully." Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times
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