The Savages Oscar History: Three nominations, no wins – yet. 2008 Scorecard: This is her first major nomination this year. Before She Hit Oscar: The New Yorker was once a teacher for deaf and autistic children. Checkmate: "When I got the script, I felt like a chess player looking at the board," Linney, 43, told Entertainment Weekly. "My mind started to go, lifting the [scenes] up off the page. I made charts and graphs to make sure I didn't miss anything."