Michael Keaton Sets SAG Award Record With “Trial of the Chicago 7” Cast Win

The legal drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” achieved the top honor for marvelous east in a motion picture at the 27th annual SAG Awards on the night of Sunday.

Frank Langella, one of the casts of his ensemble directed by Aaron Sorkin, received the award behalf of the others and based on the film’s political & cultural landscape, says- “‘God give us leaders’, said the Reverend Martin Luther King before he was shot down in cold blood on this very date in 1968. A profound injustice. The trial of the Chicago Seven began 18 months later, ruled by a corrupt judge – me.” Langella plays the role of Judge Julius Hoffman in this film. He added, “Aaron Sorkin was determined to tell their story, and his loving and respectfuldirection transformed a group of disparate actors into an ensemble. Reverend King was right, we need leaders to guide us toward hating each other less. We owe a debt of thanks to the voices of the Chicago Seven, and most especially, Aaron Sorkin, our leader whose voice is the soul of this movie. Thank you SAG-AFTRA.”

The receivers of the award include Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong, Yahya Abdul-Mateen, John Carroll Lynch, Mark Rylance and Alex Sharp.

Michael Keaton, who was a part of the won ensemble in 2014’s “Birdman” and 2015’s “Spotlight”, has set a new record being the first person to win three Screen Actors Guild awards for mindblowing performance by a cast in a motion picture.

Written by Sorkin too, “The Trial of the Chicago 7” says the story of a group having anti-Vietnam war protestors, imposes trial over seven months because of conspiracy and riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

For the video interview of SAG through Zoom, a question was made and that was to tell something about the “most powerful” scene to shoot. Lynch answered the question by saying, “The binding and gagging of Bobbly Seale was heart rending and difficult to be around. Let alone shoot, let alone realize it was a representation of days in which he was bound in the courtroom.”

As the legal drama won the coveted award, they had beaten Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods”, George C. Wolfe’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari” and Regina King’s “One Night in Miami”.

Cohen was nominated for his performance as of Abbie Hoffman, but was beaten by Daniel Kalluya from Judas and the Black Messiah.

The movie has been nominated too as best picture for the 93rd Academy Awards, which will be held on 25th April.

This celebration was casted simultaneously on TNT and TBS at 6 p.m. PT.

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