‘Mank' Leads The Way Among Critics Choice Award Nominees

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The Netflix film “Mank,'' a black-and-white vintage Hollywood tale focused on “Citizen Kane'' screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, collected a leading 12 nominations today for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards, including a nod for best picture.

Netflix earned four of the 10 best-picture nominations, with “Da 5 Bloods,'' “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'' and “The Trial of the Chicago 7'' joining “Mank'' in the category. Other films nominated for the top prize were “Minari,'' “News of the World,'' “Nomadland,'' “One Night in Miami,'' “Promising Young Woman'' and “Sound of Metal.''

The late Chadwick Boseman, as he did in last week's Screen Actors Guild nominations, scored a pair of performance nods -- best actor for “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'' and supporting actor for “Da 5 Bloods.''

“Mank's'' Gary Oldman was also nominated for best actor for his portrayal of Mankiewicz. Rounding out the field were 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, was nominated for best actress, as were 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 earned a best-director nomination for helming “Mank,'' which also earned a screenwriting nomination for his father, Jack Fincher. Also nominated for best director were 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 Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland.''

Between Monday's film nominations and the television nods that were announced last month, Netflix earned a collective 72 Critics Choice Award nominations, triple the number of its nearest competitor, HBO/HBO Max, with 24.

The awards will be presented March 7 and broadcast 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.''

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