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26th Annual Critics Choice Awards Announce Series Nominations

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Quibi is back, baby! Okay, maybe not, but the now defunct streaming service that launched and died over the course of 2020 did pick up a whopping 4 nominations in the Best Short Form Series from the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards, who announced their series nominations today. 

While Quibi might not be the talking point that everyone will be discussing around the virtual water cooler, there are plenty of big name titles who racked up the nominations today. Leading the count were Ozark, from HBO, and The Crown, from Netflix, who pulled in 6 nominations each, including nods for Best Drama Series. 

The HBO/Netflix rivalry seen there extends across the board, as Netflix narrowly eked out the veteran cabler for nomination total, with Netflix dominating all studios with 26 nominations, while HBO received 24. 

While the field is jam packed with returning competitors like Better Call SaulThis Is Us, and Schitt’s Creek, there was room for some new series to crack the field. Lovecraft Country had a very strong showing with 5 nominations, including acting nods in all four drama series categories, while everyone’s favorite crowdpleaser to help us get through these stressful times, Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso scored 3 nominations in the comedy categories. 

Of course, the miniseries/television movie categories also have some heated competition, with this year’s, “Is it movie or TV?”, hot topic Small Axe getting nominated for Best Limited Series. Interestingly, John Boyega is the only Small Axe actor to receive a nomination, perhaps a sign of awards bodies still not knowing what to do with Steve McQueen’s anthology series, available to stream right now on Amazon Prime. 

The 26th annual Critics Choice Awards, hosted by Taye Diggs, will air live on The CW on March 7th 2021 at 7pm ET. 

See the full list of series nominees below: 

BEST DRAMA SERIES 

Better Call Saul 

The Crown 

The Good Fight 

Lovecraft Country 

The Mandalorian 

Ozark 

Perry Mason 

This Is Us 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES 

Jason Bateman, Ozark 

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us

Jonathan Majors, Lovecraft Country 

Josh O’Connor, The Crown 

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 

Christine Baranski, The Good Fight 

Olivia Colman, The Crown 

Emma Corrin, The Crown 

Claire Danes, Homeland 

Laura Linney, Ozark 

Jurnee Smollett, Lovecraft Country

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES 

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul

Justin Hartley, This Is Us 

John Lithgow, Perry Mason 

Tobias Menzies, The Crown 

Tom Pelphrey,  Ozark 

Michael K. Williams, Lovecraft Country 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES 

Gillian Anderson, The Crown 

Cynthia Erivo, The Outsider

Julia Garner, Ozark 

Janet McTeer, Ozark 

Wunmi Mosaku, Lovecraft Country

Rhea Seehorn, Better Call Saul

BEST COMEDY SERIES 

Better Things 

The Flight Attendant 

Mom 

PEN15

Ramy

Schitt’s Creek 

Ted Lasso

What We Do in the Shadows 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES 

Hank Azaria, Brockmire 

Matt Berry, What We Do in the Shadows

Nicholas Hoult, The Great 

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek 

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Ramy Youssef, Ramy 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES 

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Christina Applegate , Dead to Me

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Natasia Demetriou, What We Do in the Shadows 

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek 

Issa Rae, Insecure 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES  

William Fichtner, Mom 

Harvey Guillén, What We Do in the Shadows 

Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek 

Alex Newell, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Mark Proksch, What We Do in the Shadows 

Andrew Rannells, Black Monday

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES 

Lecy Goranson, The Conners

Rita Moreno, One Day at a Time 

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek 

Ashley Park, Emily in Paris 

Jaime Pressly, Mom

Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

BEST LIMITED SERIES 

I May Destroy You 

Mrs. America 

Normal People 

The Plot Against America 

The Queen’s Gambit

Small Axe 

The Undoing

Unorthodox 

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION 

Bad Education 

Between the World and Me 

The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel 

Hamilton 

Sylvie’s Love

What the Constitution Means to Me 

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION 

John Boyega, Small Axe

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Paul Mescal, Normal People 

Chris Rock, Fargo 

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much is True

Morgan Spector, The Plot Against America 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION 

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Michaela Coel, I May Destroy You

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People 

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Tessa Thompson, Sylvie’s Love

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION 

Daveed Diggs, The Good Lord Bird

Joshua Caleb Johnson, The Good Lord Bird 

Dylan McDermott, Hollywood 

Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

Glynn Turman, Fargo 

John Turturro,  The Plot Against America 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION   

Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America 

Betsy Brandt, Soulmates

Marielle Heller, The Queen’s Gambit

Margo Martindale, Mrs. America 

Winona Ryder, The Plot Against America

Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America

BEST TALK SHOW 

Desus & Mero 

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee 

The Kelly Clarkson Show 

Late Night with Seth Meyers 

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

Red Table Talk 

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL 

Fortune Feimster: Sweet & Salty 

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas 

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill 

Marc Maron: End Times Fun 

Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia 

Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything 

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES 

The Andy Cohen Diaries 

Better Call Saul: Ethics Training with Kim Wexler 

Mapleworth Murders 

Nikki Fre$h 

Reno 911! 

Tooning Out the News 

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