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.