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‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7’ wins Best Picture – Deadline

While Nomadland won Best Picture at Critics Choice a few weeks ago – a pretty reliable indicator of the top Oscar award – at Sunday night’s SAG, it wasn’t even nominated in that category. Instead, this award went to Aaron Sorkin The Chicago 7 trial, Perhaps increasing his chances at the Academy show on April 25.

The SAG “ Best Picture ” award is actually given to the best overall cast in a movie, and accepting the award on behalf of the all-star cast, Frank Llangella, who played Judge Julius Hoffman, recalled the words of Martin Luther King:

“God gave us leaders,” said Reverend Martin Luther King, “before he was shot in cold blood on the same date in 1968 – a deep injustice. The Chicago 7 trial began 18 months later, led by a corrupt judge – me. Aaron Sorkin was determined to tell their story and his loving and respectful leadership turned a disparate group of actors into one. Reverend King was right. We need leaders to make us hate each other less. We have to thank the voices of Chicago 7 and especially Aaron Sorkin, our leader, whose voice is the soul of this film.

SAG Awards: “The Trial Of The Chicago 7” Wins The Film Cast; ‘The Crown’, ‘Schitt’s Creek’ Lead TV – The Complete List of Winners

The film follows the real-life story of a group of young political activists accused of inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and among its stellar actors include Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman. , Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Bobby Seale. , Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, Jeremy Strong as Jerry Rubin and Michael Keaton as United States Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

For Keaton, this Chicago 7 The overall victory makes him the first person in SAG history to win three awards for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Film. In 2014, he was part of the winning ensemble for Birdman, and again in 2015 for Projector.

John Carrol Lynch, who played David Dellinger, told the SAG team the most difficult scene for him was when Bobby Seale, who hadn’t even been involved in the riots at all, was tied up and gagged in the courtroom for declaring his right to a lawyer. “It was heartbreaking,” Lynch said. “And hard to be there, let alone shoot, let alone realize that this was a representation of the days he was bound in the courtroom.”

Many years in the making, the project began in the hands of Steven Spielberg, who then commissioned Sorkin to carry it out.

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