26th Critics Choice Awards: Winners List & Highlights

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On Sunday night, the Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the winners of the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards LIVE on The CW during an in-person/virtual hybrid ceremony hosted for the third time by acclaimed film, television, and stage star Taye Diggs.  The full list of winners can be found below. 

“Nomadland” led the winners in the film categories, taking home four awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chloé Zhao, and Best Cinematography for Joshua James Richards.  Zhao is the first Chinese woman to win as either director or writer. 

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” followed closely behind, winning three categories including Best Actor for the late Chadwick Boseman, Best Costume Design, and Best Hair and Makeup.  Best Actress was awarded to Carey Mulligan for “Promising Young Woman,” which also earned a Best Original Screenplay win for Emerald Fennell.  Best Supporting Actor went to Daniel Kaluuya for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” and Best Supporting Actress to Maria Bakalova for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.”   

In the series categories, “The Crown” took four categories, the most of the night, winning Best Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series for Josh O’Connor, Best Actress in a Drama Series for Emma Corrin, and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Gillian Anderson.  In the comedy genre, “Ted Lasso” won all three categories for which it was nominated: Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis, and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Hannah Waddingham.  “The Queen’s Gambit” took the prize for Best Limited Series, and its leading lady Anya Taylor-Joy won Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television. 

The race for “Best Comedy Special,” which was dominated entirely by Netflix nominees, resulted in a tie between “Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill” and “Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia.” 

As was previously announced, John David Washington presented this year’s SeeHer Award to his “Malcolm & Marie” co-star, Zendaya.  The SeeHer Award recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the SeeHer movement, to push boundaries, defy stereotypes and acknowledge the importance of authentic portrayals of women across the entertainment landscape. 

After leading the nominations, Netflix also won the most awards of any studio/network with a total of 14.  Amazon Studios and Searchlight Pictures each won four. 

Critics Choice Awards are bestowed annually to honor the finest in cinematic and television achievement.  Historically, they are the most accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations. 

The Full Winner's List:

Best Supporting Actor: Daniel Kaluuya, “Judas and the Black Messiah” (Warner Bros)
Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon Studios)
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Gillian Anderson, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael K. Williams, “Lovecraft Country” (HBO)
Best Supporting Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Donald Sutherland, “The Undoing” (HBO)
Best Supporting Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Uzo Aduba, “Mrs. America” (FX)
Best Young Actor or Actress: Alan S. Kim, “Minari” (A24)
Best Actor in a Drama Series: Josh O’Connor, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Best Actress in a Drama Series: Emma Corrin – “The Crown” (Netflix)
Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Anya Taylor-Joy – “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: John Boyega – “Small Axe” (Amazon Prime Video)
Best Comedy: “Palm Springs” (Hulu/Neon)
Best Comedy Special: “Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill” (Netflix) & “Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia” (Netflix)
Best Acting Ensemble: “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Daniel Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Hannah Waddingham – “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)
Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)
Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop TV)
Best Comedy Series: “Ted Lasso” (Apple TV Plus)
Best Drama Series: “The Crown” (Netflix)
Best Talk Show: “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC)
Best Limited Series: “The Queen’s Gambit” (Netflix)
#SeeHer Award: Zendaya
Best Movie Made for Television: “Hamilton” (Disney Plus)
Best Short-Form Series: “Better Call Saul: Ethics Training with Kim Wexler” (AMC)
Best Song: “One Night in Miami” (Amazon Studios) – “Speak Now”
Best: Director: Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)
Best Cinematography: “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) – Joshua James Richards
Best Film Editing: “Sound of Metal” (Amazon Studios) – Mikkel E.G. Nielsen & “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix) – Alan Baumgarten *TIE*
Best Visual Effects: “Tenet” (Warner Bros)
Best Hair and Makeup: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
Best Costume Design: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix) – Ann Roth
Best Production Design: “Mank” (Netflix) – Donald Graham Burt (production designer), Jan Pascale (set designer)
Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Netflix)
Best Original Screenplay: “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features) – Emerald Fennell
Best Adapted Screenplay: “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures) – Chloé Zhao
Best Foreign Language Film: “Minari” (A24)
Best Original Score: “Soul” (Pixar) – Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman” (Focus Features)
Best Picture: “Nomadland” (Searchlight Pictures)

The 26th annual Critics Choice Awards show was produced by Bob Bain Productions and Berlin Entertainment.  The CCA is represented by Dan Black of Greenberg Traurig. 

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The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics and entertainment reporters. It was established in 2019 with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com.  

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