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Gretchen Mol of 'Boardwalk Empire'
Gretchen Mol, "Boardwalk Empire"
Nomination Status: If "Boardwalk Empire" actually picks up steam from last year, there could be room for a second nominee in this category.
In Her Favor: We still resent Gretchen Mol for the early coronation of that Vanity Fair cover back before she'd done anything worth being on any magazine cover for. But surely Mol's increasingly dark, increasingly manipulative performance this past season was a confirmation of how good an actress she's capable of being. "Under God's Power She Flourishes" was a Season 2 highlight for "Boardwalk Empire" and Mol and her work opposite Michael Pitt were a big part of that.
Working Against Her: Kelly Macdonald has this category's main "Boardwalk Empire" slot locked down, which doesn't leave Mol very much room to navigate.