The 26 Best Performances This Year

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Offstage, 2014 has been a messy year. Onstage (and onscreen), it will have been 365 days of passion. That's the theme that runs through HuffPost Entertainment's list of the year's best performances across pop-culture genres. From the ladies of "Saturday Night Live" and "Bang Bang" to Emma Watson's and Killer Mike's stirring speeches about social change, each of these 26 moments in entertainment oozed with commitment, including (especially?) the one that involves tossing body parts. Here are the best performances of the year (and while you're at it, check out HuffPost's lists of the greatest movies, TV shows, albums and songs):

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