Anna Gunn, Equity
Hollywood in a nutshell: Bryan Cranston followed Breaking Bad with a handful of prestige roles and an Oscar nomination for Trumbo, while Gunn, brilliant and often misunderstood as Skylar, segued to the unassuming cop show Gracepoint. Sundance's smoldering finance thriller Equity fixes that. Gunn's has the mouth of Gordon Gecko and the diligence of George Clooney's Michael Clayton. She's a force, aware of her business' gender tension, determined to demolish dissenters. An explosive moment, involving a chocolate-less chocolate chip cookie, feeds Gunn the line of the year: "Count the fucking chips!"
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment Editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. His performance as "man slipping on ice" went unfairly overlooked at Sundance. Find him on Twitter @misterpatches.