Oscar 2017 Nominee: Michael Shannon

Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire

In an age of cinematic television, the enormously popular Boardwalk Empire saw Shannon taking on the role of Nelson Van Alden, the senior prohibition bureau agent well and truly on Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi)’s tail. Often verging on fanatically religious, and deeply repressed, Van Alden’s need to see Nucky locked up was far more than the mere illegality of his Atlantic City alcohol racket. That characteristic dark side was present in the character, punishing himself in violent ways for his sins and misdeeds. Indeed he succumbed to corruption to the extent that he eventually ended up on the run from the law himself, although in the interests of not ruining things with any spoilers, we won’t say why…

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