‘Ozark’ overhaul? Gritty Netflix drama could earn Emmy nominations in all 4 main acting categories

Get ready for a potential “Ozark” Emmy sweep, as the gritty Netflix series could receive nominations in all four main acting categories: Best Drama Actor for Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, Best Drama Actress for Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde, Best Drama Supporting Actress for Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore and Best Drama Supporting Actor for Peter Mullan as Jacob Snell.

As of this writing, Gold Derby’s racetrack odds peg nominations for Bateman and Linney and a victory for Garner, with Mullan in seventh place to receive a bid. Then there’s new cast member Janet McTeer as Helen Pierce, who’s also a dark horse contender for a supporting actress nom.

The first season of “Ozark” scored five nominations last year, including two alone for Bateman in acting and directing. While those numbers are adequate, they’re nothing compared to the Emmy explosion that this bingeable money-laundering drama is likely to experience this year.

One reason pundits are so confident that “Ozark” will explode at the 2019 Emmys is because of its strong showing at the recent guild awards. Of note, it dominated at the SAG Awards with a leading four noms, winning for Bateman. The show also took home a trophy at the Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards and was recognized by the American Cinema Editors, Art Directors Guild, Cinema Audio Society, Directors Guild of America, Producers Guild of America and Writers Guild of America.

Bateman is a four-time Emmy nominee, but he has yet to win. In addition to his two bids for “Ozark” last year as Best Drama Actor and Best Drama Directing, he previously contended as Best Comedy Actor for “Arrested Development” (2005 and 2013).

Linney has been nominated five times at the Emmys, winning four of those contests: Best Movie/Mini Actress for “The Big C: Hereafter” (2013), “John Adams” (2008) and “Wild Iris” (2002) and Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Frasier” (2004). The only time she lost was as Best Comedy Actress for “The Big C” (2011).

As for the supporting players, Garner is hoping for her first career Emmy nomination, Mullan received a prior bid for “Top of the Lake” (2013) and McTeer was previously recognized for “Into the Storm” (2009).

Additional “Ozark” acting contenders on the 2019 Emmy ballot include recurring cast members Jason Butler Harner as Roy Petty and Trevor Long as Cade Langmore, and guest stars Michael Mosley as Mason Young and Claire Bronson as Susan Blake.

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