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Cheers to Justified for giving Margo Martindale the role of a lifetime: Mags Bennett.  

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The prodigiously gifted character actress, who's been amazing in everything from Sidney Lumet's sadly forgotten A&E drama series 100 Centre Street to Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winner Million Dollar Baby, is nothing short of miraculous as the backwoods drug runner on FX's just-renewed (yay!) crime drama. You can also see her shine on CBS' new spy dramedy Chaos, debuting on April Fool's Night, and in the current arthouse hit Win Win.

In this week's episode of Justified, Mags wiped the floor with a coal-company executive (Hung's Rebecca Cresskoff, also excellent) who was trying to convince the local folk to sell their mountaintop property for strip mining. Her town-meeting speech was a stirring tour de force. And just wait til you get a load of next week's "whoop-de-doo" at Mags' place, where Martindale shows off her gorgeous singing voice. Is there anything this woman can't do?

Would an Emmy victory for Margo Martindale be utterly Justified?

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