‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ takes prime honors at SAG Awards | Leisure

In an interview after receiving the award for The Trial of the Chicago 7, Langella described the virtual experience as much more civilized. “I’m in my slippers,” he said from New York’s Hudson Valley. “I have no pants on,” added his co-star Michael Keaton.

Eddie Redmayne, who plays Tom Hayden in the film, credited Sorkin and casting director Francine Maisler with putting together such a diverse cast of actors – including Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Rylance, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jeremy Strong – into an ensemble.

“It was like a clash of different types of music, be it jazz or rock or classical – but it all came together under Aaron. He was almost the conductor, ”said Redmayne. “It was a joy day in and day out to see these great, diverse and varied actors pull it off.”

In the television categories, the ensembles of “Schitt’s Creek” (for comedy series) and “The Crown” (for drama series) have been added to their awards. Other winners were Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Queen’s Gambit”) and Gillian Anderson (“The Crown”), Jason Sudeikis (“Ted Lasso”), Jason Bateman (“Ozark”) and Mark Ruffalo (“I know that so much is true “).

The awards tend to be the most iconic event for the Screen Actors Guild, although the union’s clash with former President Donald Trump earlier this year may have made more headlines. After the guild had prepared to expel Trump (including “The Apprentice”, “Home Alone 2”) for his role in the Capitol uprising, Trump resigned from SAG-Aftra.

‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ takes prime honors at SAG Awards | Leisure



In this video, the cast of “The Trial of the Chicago 7” accepts the Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Cast in a Movie on Sunday night during the 27th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.


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JAKE COYLE Associated Press

The starry cast of Aaron Sorkin’s 1960s courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” won the grand prize in a virtual, pre-recorded Screen Actors Guild Award on Sunday, which won Netflix the highest accolade of Hollywood actors for the first time received.

The 27th SAG Awards, presented by the Hollywood actors’ guild SAG-Aftra, were a subdued affair – and not only because the ceremony was combined virtually, without a red carpet and into a recorded, zoom-heavy, one-hour broadcast on TBS and TNT. The perceived leader of the Academy Awards – Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” – was not nominated for best ensemble, which makes this year’s postponed SAG Awards less of an Oscar preview than in most years.

However, winning The Trial of the Chicago 7 was the first time a streaming service film won the Guild’s Ensemble Award. Written and directed by Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 was scheduled for release in theaters by Paramount Pictures prior to the pandemic hit, which led to its sale to Netflix. The streamer is still after his first best-picture win at the Oscars.

Frank Langella, who plays the judge who led the 1969 prosecution of activists arrested during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, drew parallels between the unrest of that era and today as he accepted the award on behalf of the occupation.

“‘God give us leaders,’ said the Rev. Martin Luther King before he was shot in cold blood that day in 1968 – a profound injustice,” Langella cited events that led to those dramatized in The Trial of the Chicago 7. “The Rev. King was right. We need leaders who make us hate one another less.”