The New York Times has released their annual portraits for The Best Performances of 2009 and they are absolutely gorgeous. The series was photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. These are just a few of the many portraits featured on their website right now. Seen above are Tobey Maguire & Jake Gyllenhaal (Brothers), a barely recognizable Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side), Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana (Avatar), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), Penélope Cruz & Daniel Day-Lewis (Nine), and Colin Firth & Julianne Moore (A Single Man). Impeccable.