LOS ANGELES" (CNS) — In what has been a banner year for Netflix, the streaming service's film Mank will carry a leading 12 nominations into Sunday's 26th annual Critics Choice Awards, while its shows Ozark and The Crown top the television hopefuls with six nods each.
Mank, a black-and-white vintage Hollywood tale focused on Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, is one of four Netflix films nominated for best picture, along with Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and The Trial of the Chicago 7. Other films nominated for the top prize are Minari, News of the World, Nomadland, One Night in Miami, Promising Young Woman, and Sound of Metal.
The late Chadwick Boseman has a pair of performance nods — best actor for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and supporting actor for Da 5 Bloods. He won a Golden Globe Award last week for Ma Rainey.
Mank's Gary Oldman is also nominated for best actor for his portrayal of Mankiewicz. Rounding out the field are Ben Affleck for The Way Back, Riz Ahmed for Sound of Metal, Tom Hanks for News of the World, Delroy Lindo for Da 5 Bloods and Steven Yeun for Minari.
Boseman's Ma Rainey co-star, Viola Davis, is nominated for best actress, as are Andra Day for The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Sidney Flanigan for Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman, Frances McDormand for Nomadland, Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman and Zendaya for Malcolm & Marie.
The Critics Choice Awards also present an honor for best acting ensemble in a film, with nominations going to Da 5 Bloods, Judas and the Black Messiah, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Minari, One Night in Miami and The Trial of the Chicago 7.
David Fincher has a best-director nomination for helming Mank, which also earned a screenwriting nomination for his father, Jack Fincher, who died in 2003 at the age of 72. The film was planned to be made in the 1990s, but did not come to fruition over the younger Fincher's insistence that it be filmed in black-and-white.
Also nominated for best director are Lee Isaac Chung for Minari, Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, Spike Lee for Da 5 Bloods, Regina King for One Night in Miami, Aaron Sorkin for The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Golden Globe winner Chloe Zhao for Nomadland.
Between the film and television nominations, Netflix has a collective 72 Critics Choice Award nominations, triple the number of its nearest competitor, HBO/HBO Max, with 24.
On the television side of the awards, Ozark and The Crown will compete for best drama series with AMC's Better Call Saul, CBS All Access' The Good Fight, Disney+'s The Mandalorian, NBC's This Is Us and HBO's Lovecraft Country and Perry Mason.
Lovecraft Country has five overall nominations, as do FX's Mrs. America and What We Do in the Shadows and PopTV's Schitt's Creek, which swept every comedy honor at September's Emmy Awards.
Schitt's Creek and What We Do in the Shadows are both nominated for best comedy series, along with FX's Better Things, HBO Max's The Flight Attendant, CBS' Mom, Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso and Hulu's PEN15 and Ramy.
HBO has three nominees in the best limited series category — I May Destroy You, The Plot Against America and The Undoing. Netflix's ratings hit The Queen's Gambit is also nominated, along with the streaming service's Unorthodox. Also nominated are FX's Mrs. America, Hulu's Normal People and Amazon's Small Axe.
The awards will be presented in a virtual fashion, with the broadcast originating from Los Angeles and airing live on the East Coast on The CW, hosted by Taye Diggs. According to the Critics Choice Association, the show will be "an in-person/virtual hybrid, with Diggs and some of the evening's presenters filming from a stage in Los Angeles, and nominees appearing remotely from various locations around the world."
During the ceremony, actress and activist Zendaya will be presented with the fifth annual SeeHer Award, honoring her role in bolstering the role of women in the entertainment industry.
The SeeHer Award honors a woman who works "to push boundaries, defy stereotypes and acknowledge the importance of authentic portrayals of women across the entertainment landscape," according to the Critics Choice Association.
Previous recipients of the award are Kristen Bell, Viola Davis, Claire Foy and Gal Gadot.