15Kirsten Dunst, Fargo
A movie star from a very young age, Kirsten Dunst has been working steadily through the decades in a variety of genres. This year marked the first time since a late 90s run on E.R. that she turned her attention to a regular, recurring role on a television series:
FX's Fargo. Her turn on the show has been very well received, even earning her a Golden Globe nomination.
On Fargo, Dunst plays Peggy Blomquist, a small town beautician who runs over the youngest son of a local crime family and decides to cover it up with the help of her husband Ed (Jesse Plemons), who is the one to ultimately finish off their unintentional victim. Dunst nails the line between discomfort, pathos, and humor that is a trademark of a Coen Brothers project (executive producers of the show, which is based on their film of the same name). Her Peggy is terrifying but somehow innocent, unhinged but capable, cheerful but cruel: a Minnesota housewife with a dark side.