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Olivia Munn, 'The Newsroom'
Nomination Status: Deserves credit for consistently being the only likable screen presence on "Newsroom."
In Her Favor: When "Newsroom" premiered, Olivia Munn faced more skepticism than any other member of the cast. People distrusted her G4 background. People distrusted her comedy background. People figured she'd just be an easily objectified pretty face for Sorkin. Instead, Munn became the spunky spirit of "Newsroom," the one woman who mostly held onto her integrity and a character who was both smart and funny, even if she fell victim to Aaron Sorkin Irrational Woman Syndrome at a few points. I went from worrying about Munn to enjoying most the episodes that gave her the most screentime.
Working Against Her: Alison Pill's Maggie got the extreme haircut that confused people and was given the uncomfortably backwards African subplot and if anybody from the supporting cast is getting recognition this year, it will be her. And nobody from the supporting cast is getting recognition this year.