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Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Move over, Jessica Lange! Bates and Bassett stole the show this season as the duo played out a centuries-long feud to much hilarity. Bassett was strong and sassy and Bates somehow made her character sympathetic despite being a horrible racist. The duo's back-and-forth bickering may have been highlighted by over-the-top torment — Bassett's Marie Laveau eventually cut off the head of Bates' LaLaurie, though she survived — but they're respective heartbreaking ends were grounded enough to make us feel something.