Beautiful promises and a tribute. Aaron Sorkin’s forensic drama “The Chicago Seven” received Sunday the Supreme Award and Chadwick Boseman posthumously received the Best Actor award from the SAG Awards, awards given by the Union of American Actors which are often auspicious for the Oscar race.
“We need leaders to make us hate each other less,” said Frank Langella, who plays the racist judge in the film that focuses on cracking down on protests against the Vietnam War. “We owe thanks to the Chicago Seven,” he added in an allusion to the seven defendants in the 1969 trial, during the ceremony pre-recorded and dispatched within an hour due to the Covid epidemic. 19, instead of the usual star crowd, long dresses, black bow ties.
VIDEO. The “Chicago Seven” Trailer
Chadwick Boseman, star of “Black Panther”, who died last summer at age 43 of colon cancer which he had never revealed, won him the title of best actor for his role as a musician in “The Blues” de Ma Rainey ”, a drama set in 1920s Chicago, a title that could presage an Oscar. Only two comedians have so far received a posthumous Oscar: Peter Finch for “Network, Hands on Television” (1976) by Sidney Lumet, and Heath Ledger for “The Dark Knight” (2008) by Christopher Nolan.
Less prominent than the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) are considered a more reliable indicator for the Oscars as 1,200 of their members vote in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (out of 6,000 in total), which presents the prestigious golden statuettes. Last year, “Parasite” won the most prestigious SAG award, that of “best cast”, a historic victory, before being crowned “best film” at the Oscars.
“Nomadland” remains favorite for the Oscars
The Oscar ceremony, postponed, is scheduled for April 25 in US time (26 in France). “Nomadland,” which remains a favorite for the Supreme Oscar because of the awards it has already won, has not even received a SAG nomination. It was crowned best film of the year by the Hollywood Producers Association at the end of March. This intimate film by Chloé Zhao, which follows modern nomads traveling the United States in their motorhomes (mostly amateur actors), had already won the supreme award at the Golden Globes.
‘Nomadland’ flagship actress Frances McDormand did not change her nomination for Best SAG Actress, making way for Boseman’s partner in ‘The Blues of My Rainey’, Viola Davis. The actress thanked ‘the handsome Chadwick Boseman’, while the actor’s widow received the award, quoting it: ‘If you find the world losing its balance, be a crusader weighing all your weight on the pendulum of the mind ”.
VIDEO. The “Nomadland” trailer
The late “Black Panther” actor was also honored in the “in memoriam” category along with other recently deceased stars such as Sean Connery and Christopher Plummer. Another “Black Panther” by proxy, Briton Daniel Kaluuya received the award for best supporting role for “Judas & the Black Messiah”. The film shows Fred Hampton’s efforts to mobilize Chicago activists against police violence that targeted the black community in the 1960s.
South Korean Yuh-jung Youn won Best Supporting Actress in “Minari,” an immigration story set in 1980s Arkansas. “I don’t know how to describe my feelings, to be recognized by Westerners, “she said, apparently shaken by emotion. Jason Sudeikis was named best TV actor for the “Ted Lasso” series, and Catherine O’Hara for the “Schitt’s Creek” series best actress.
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Before the Oscars, “The Chicago Seven” and Chadwick Boseman awarded at the SAG Awards