Laura Linney has won Emmys for every role she has been nominated for, and that might continue with ‘Ozark’

Laura Linney has the best Emmy track record any actor could hope for. She has won four times out of her five nominations thus far, but if you break that down further she has actually won for every single role she has ever been nominated for. Is “Ozark” next? One of the Expert journalists we’ve surveyed thinks so.

The actress’s first win was Best Movie/Mini Actress in 2002 for playing the title character, Iris Bravard, in the Showtime telefilm “Wild Iris.” Then she won Best Comedy Guest Actress in 2004 for playing the title character’s love interest Charlotte in the final season of “Frasier.” And she returned to Best Movie/Mini Actress in 2008, where she prevailed as First Lady Abigail Adams in HBO’s “John Adams.”

Then Linney lost for the first (and only) time. She was nominated for Best Comedy Actress in 2011 for her role as cancer sufferer Cathy Jamison in Showtime’s “The Big C,” but that prize went to Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly”) instead. However, Linney still got the last laugh for that role. The abbreviated final season of “The Big C,” subtitled “Hereafter,” competed at the Emmys as a limited series, where Linney won Best Movie/Mini Actress again.

That’s four Emmys for four different roles. Now she’s a contender for Best Drama Actress for playing Wendy Byrde, who helps her husband (Jason Bateman) launder money for a drug cartel in the title locale. She currently trails Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) according to the combined Emmy predictions of Gold Derby’s users, but Emmy Expert Mary Murphy (Gold Derby) is going out on a limb by picking Linney to win. But it’s a pretty sturdy limb when you consider Linney’s track record. And Linney has already earned three SAG Award nominations for “Ozark” — twice individually and once as a member of the ensemble cast.

The good news for Oh, though, is that the only time Linney lost was the only time she was nominated in a regular series category. Her victories have all come in movie/miniseries and guest races. Also, Linney was snubbed by the Emmys last year even though “Ozark” earned five nominations, so we don’t know for sure yet whether voters will be more enthusiastic about the show in year two. but history shows that you can never rule her out. If Linney is nominated, watch out, because Wendy Byrde might end up joining Iris, Charlotte, Abigail and Cathy on her Emmy resume.

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