Critics' Choice film nominations 2021: Netflix makes history with record number of Best Picture nods

The streaming platform's 'Mank' leads the way with 12 nominations

'Minari', 'Mank', and 'Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom' lead the way at this year's Critics' Choice Awards. 

Netflix made history as the nominations for the 26th Critics' Choice Awards were announced on Monday, as the streaming giant made up four out of the 10 nominees for Best Picture – a record number for any studio in these awards since they began in 1995.

Mank leads the way this year with 12 nods, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. The Netflix comedy drama re-examines 1930s Hollywood as Herman J Mankiewicz races to finish Citizen Kane.

Korean film Minari is not far behind with 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Acting Ensemble. The semi-autobiographical film tells the story of a Korean family moving to Arkansas in the 1980s.

Netflix's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom received eight nods, including a posthumous Best Actor nomination for Chadwick Boseman, who was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his turn in Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods.

Netflix garnered 46 film nominations in total, adding to the 26 nods it received in the television arm of the Critics' Choice Awards, which were announced in January.

The Critics' Choice Awards will take place on March 8. See the full list of film nominations below:

Best Picture

Da 5 Bloods

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom



News of the World


One Night in Miami

Promising Young Woman

Sound of Metal

The Trial of the Chicago 7

In this image released by Netflix, Gary Oldman portrays Herman Mankiewicz in a scene from "Mank." On Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 the film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best motion picture drama. (Nikolai Loveikis/Netflix via AP)

Best Director

Lee Isaac Chung, Minari

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

David Fincher, Mank

Spike Lee, Da 5 Bloods

Regina King, One Night in Miami

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best Actor

Ben Affleck, The Way Back

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Tom Hanks, News of the World

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods

Gary Oldman, Mank

Steven Yeun, Minari

Best Actress

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Sidney Flanigan, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Zendaya, Malcolm & Marie


Best Supporting Actor

Chadwick Boseman, Da 5 Bloods

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Bill Murray, On the Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami

Paul Raci, Sound of Metal

Best Supporting Actress

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Ellen Burstyn, Pieces of a Woman

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Yuh-Jung Youn, Minari

Best Young Actor / Actress

Ryder Allen, Palmer

Ibrahima Gueye, The Life Ahead

Alan Kim, Minari

Talia Ryder, Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Caoilinn Springall, The Midnight Sky

Helena Zengel, News of the World

This image released by Netflix shows Isiah Whitlock, from left, Norm Lewis, Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters and Jonathan Majors in a scene from "Da 5 Bloods." The Screen Actors Guild has nominated the cast for a SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. (Netflix via AP)

Best Acting Ensemble

Da 5 Bloods

Judas and the Black Messiah

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


One Night in Miami

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Original Screenplay

Mank – Jack Fincher

Minari – Lee Isaac Chung

Never Rarely Sometimes Always – Eliza Hittman

Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell

Sound of Metal – Darius Marder, Abraham Marder

The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Aaron Sorkin

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Father – Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller

First Cow – Jonathan Raymond, Kelly Reichardt

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Ruben Santiago-Hudson

News of the World – Luke Davies, Paul Greengrass

Nomadland – Chloe Zhao

One Night in Miami – Kemp Powers

This image released by Searchlight Pictures shows Frances McDormand in a scene from the film "Nomadland." (Searchlight Pictures via AP)

Best Production Design

Emma – Kave Quinn, Stella Fox

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Mark Ricker, Karen O'Hara, Diana Stoughton

Mank – Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale

News of the World – David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan

The Personal History of David Copperfield – Cristina Casali, Charlotte Dirickx

Tenet – Nathan Crowley, Kathy Lucas

Best Cinematography

Da 5 Bloods – Newton Thomas Sigel

First Cow – Christopher Blauvelt

Mank – Erik Messerschmidt

Minari – Lachlan Milne

News of the World – Dariusz Wolski

Nomadland – Joshua James Richards

Tenet – Hoyte Van Hoytema

Best Costume Design

Emma – Alexandra Byrne

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom – Ann Roth

Mank – Trish Summerville

Mulan – Bina Daigeler

The Personal History of David Copperfield – Suzie Harman, Robert Worley

Promising Young Woman – Nancy Steiner

Best Editing

The Father – Yorgos Lamprinos

Mank – Kirk Baxter

Nomadland – Chloe Zhao

Sound of Metal – Mikkel E.G. Nielsen

Tenet – Jennifer Lame

The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Alan Baumgarten

This image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Elizabeth Debicki, left, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet."  (Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP)

Best Hair and Makeup


Hillbilly Elegy

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


Promising Young Woman

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best Visual Effects


The Invisible Man


The Midnight Sky



Wonder Woman 1984

Best Score

The Midnight Sky – Alexandre Desplat

Mank – Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Minari – Emile Mosseri

News of the World – James Newton Howard

Soul – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Tenet – Ludwig Goransson

Best Song

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire SagaHusavik (My Home Town)

The Life AheadIo Si (Seen)

Judas and the Black MessiahFight for You

One Night in MiamiSpeak Now

The OutpostEverybody Cries

The United States vs. Billie HolidayTigress & Tweed

Best Foreign Language Film

Another Round


La Llorona

The Life Ahead


Two Of Us

Best Comedy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Forty-Year-Old Version

The King of Staten Island

On the Rocks

Palm Springs

The Prom