‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Earns Eight Critics Choice Nominations Including Best Picture

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The film nominations for the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards are in, and leading the charge with nominated films is the streaming giant Netflix. Included among those films with high nomination counts is Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

The film garnered eight nominations total, including:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor — Chadwick Boseman
  • Best Actress — Viola Davis
  • Best Acting Ensemble
  • Best Adapted Screenplay — Ruben Santiago-Hudson
  • Best Production Design — Mark Ricker, Karen O’Hara, Diane Stoughton
  • Best Costume Design — Ann Roth
  • Best Hair and Makeup

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set in 1927 Chicago, during a recording session where tension surfaces between Ma Rainey (Davis), her ambitious horn player Levee (Boseman), and white management determined to control Ma. The film was adapted by Ruben Santiago-Hudson from the August Wilson play.

Stream Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom now on Netflix, and watch the trailer below. Tune in to the Critics Choice awards to see if Ma Rainey scores any wins, airing Sunday, March 7 at 7 p.m. on The CW.

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