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Maggie Gyllenhaal Says A Wealth Of Roles For Women In Hollywood Is Turning Her On

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11:  In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Maggie Gyllenhaal,  Winner of the Best Actre
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Winner of the Best Actress - Mini-Series or TV Movie for 'The Honorable Woman', speaks onstage during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

"I've noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately," Gyllenhaal said during her acceptance speech. "And when I look around the room at the women who are here and I think about the performances that I've watched this year what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not, and what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That's what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it's what's turning me on."

This is Maggie Gyllenhaal's third nomination and first Golden Globe trophy. She previously received nominations for Best Actress - Musical or Comedy in "Secretary" (2002) and Best Actress - Drama in "Sherrybaby" (2006). Gyllenhaal plays Nessa Stein in the political thriller, who inherits her father's arms business and is thus caught in an international maelstrom in working towards an Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Gyllenhaal explained that she wanted to play an "intelligent, powerful woman," and that she "knew that in order to play her I would have to grow up in some major way as myself and that I would probably be a different person by the end of it than before I began."

Gyllenhaal beat out Jessica Lange (for "American Horror Story: Freak Show"), Frances McDormand (for "Olive Kitteridge"), Frances O'Conner (for "The Missing") and Allison Tolman (for "Fargo").

Elisabeth Moss won the Golden Globe for Best Actress In A TV Movie Or Mini-Series in 2014 for her performance in "Top of the Lake."

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