Julianna Margulies: Can ‘The Good Wife’ repeat her Emmy gold?

Julianna Margulies is a reigning queen of Hollywood Awards. She's won a Golden Globe, two Emmys and more SAG Awards than anyone in showbiz history (8), but she nonetheless is getting a bit nervous as she heads into the new Emmy derby.

"The day you're not nervous is the day you should probably quit because I do get nervous, but in a good way," she tells Gold Derby editor Tom O'Neil.

Arguably, Margulies is a major star today because of winning an Emmy. Back in 1995, when she triumphed as Best Supporting Drama Actress, she was merely a recurring character on "ER." Her victory "placed me into the cast of 'ER' with solidity," she notes.

Last year she prevailed for Best Drama Actress for "The Good Wife," but only after losing her first bid for that show one year earlier. However, that defeat was OK, she asserts now because "Kyra Sedgwick's a dear friend of mine. She had been nominated five times and had never won, so I was thrilled when she finally won."

Awards competition is "a very tricky thing to get caught up in," she warns, but it can be a rewarding experience. "Getting up there and getting to thank people is the best part of winning an award," she says, "It's a great thing to be able to thank people and to be appreciated for your work."

Winning can also be rewarding in another way, she adds: "The first year when I won the Golden Globe, it was very helpful to sell the show to Europe. It's great for business. We'd only been on for six months, so that was a big boost for 'The Good Wife' economy."

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