Ozark, the critically acclaimed Netflix drama, which premiered on the streamer in 2017, has scored fourteen Emmy nominations to date including Outstanding Drama Series. It earned two Emmys last year — Jason Bateman for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Julia Garner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. 

Showrunner Chris Mundy will shepherd the fourth and final season, with fourteen episodes being split into two batches of seven episodes. This same approach was utilized by AMC for the final season of Breaking Bad, splitting sixteen episodes into two groups of eight.

Julia Garner in OZARK
Julia Garner in OZARK

The drama stars Jason Bateman, Laura Linney and Julia Garner, and is produced by MRC Television, along with executive producers Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Mark Williams, John Shiban, Patrick Markey, and Bill Dubuque.

Ozark’s third season surpassed Tiger King’s astounding viewing numbers, reaching almost 30 million in the first four weeks after its premiere on March 27th.

This week, Awards Focus is highlighting the incredible talent of Ozark with a special FYC Week heading into Emmy voting.

Jason Bateman and Julia Garner in OZARK
Jason Bateman and Julia Garner in OZARK

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Byron Burton is the Awards Editor and Chief Critic at Awards Focus and a National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award winning journalist for his work at The Hollywood Reporter.

Byron is a voting member of the Television Academy, Critics Choice Association, Hollywood Creative Alliance, and the Society of Composers & Lyricists (the SCL) for his work on Marvel's X-Men Apocalypse (2016). Working as a journalist and moderator, Byron hosts Emmy and Oscar panels for the major studios, featuring their Below The Line and Above The Line nominees (in partnership with their respective guilds).

Moderating highlights include Ingle Dodd's "Behind the Slate" Screening Series and their "Spotlight Live" event at the American Legion in Hollywood. Byron covered the six person panel for Universal's "NOPE" as well as panels for Hulu's "Pam & Tommy Lee" and "Welcome to Chippendales" and HBO Max's "Barry" and "Euphoria."

For songwriters and composers, Byron is a frequent moderator for panels with the Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) as well as The ArcLight's Hitting the High Note Oscar series.

Byron's panels range from FX's Fargo to Netflix's The Crown, The Queen's Gambit, The Witcher & Bridgerton; HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, Hacks, Succession, Insecure, & Lovecraft Country; Amazon Studios' The Legend of Vox Machina, Wild Cat, & Annette; and Apple TV+s Ted Lasso, Bad Sisters, and 5 Days at Memorial.

In February of 2020, Byron organized and hosted the Aiding Australia Initiative; launched to assist in the restoration and rehabilitation of Australia's wildlife (an estimated 3 billion animals killed or maimed and a landmass the size of Syria decimated).

Participating talent for Aiding Australia includes Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Jeremy Renner, Harrison Ford, Jim Carrey, Josh Brolin, Bryan Cranston, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, JK Simmons, Tobey Maguire, Alfred Molina, James Franco, Danny Elfman, Tim Burton, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Tim Allen, Colin Hay, Drew Struzan, and Michael Rosenbaum.

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