We know you’re excited to watch the ball drop and ring in the new year, but you wouldn’t want to say goodbye to 2013 without first reviewing pop culture’s high points (Gravity! Orange is the New Black!), low points (Big Brother, What Would Ryan Lochte Do?), and, uh, divisive points (pretty much anything involving Miley Cyrus and/or the word “twerk”), would you? Of course not!
EW’s annual Best and Worst issue remembers the most delectable and most cringe-worthy entertainment moments of the year — and highlights the performances that stood above the rest. A small sample? James Spader on The Blacklist, Cecily Strong on SNL, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, Amy Adams in American Hustle, Beyonce at the Super Bowl, and even James Franco in Spring Breakers. (Yep, we said it.)
Basically, it’s an all-encompassing scrapbook of 2013, complete with celebrity essays by Amy Schumer and Stephen Colbert, features on breakout acts like Haim and Fruitvale Station‘s Michael B. Jordan, and a loving tribute package to the stars that passed away this year, written by the friends who knew them best. Dwayne Johnson remembers Paul Walker, Ryan Murphy writes about Cory Monteith, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler honors her on-screen dad, James Gandolfini.
To read more about the best and worst of 2013, pick up the special double issue of Entertainment Weekly, which hits stands on Friday, Dec. 20.