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SAG Predictions: Best Cast Ensemble – ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ Is The Only ‘Lock’ For the Actors

The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Courtesy of Niko Tavernise/Netflix

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2021 SAG AWARDS PREDICTIONS:
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A CAST ENSEMBLE IN A MOTION PICTURE

UPDATED: Feb. 3, 2021

One of the strongest indicators of overall support for a film from the actors’ branch, it’s where films like “Spotlight” and “Crash” found their road to best picture success. “The Trial of the Chicago 7” has an immersive and strong cast that probably makes it the favorite in the category at the moment. If “Nomadland” is steamrolling its way to the Dolby Theatre stage, this will cement it with a nomination, much like “Slumdog Millionaire” with its unknown cast.

PRECURSORS LEADER (Ensemble): “The Trial of the Chicago 7” (Netflix)
Awards Circuit Winners Chart (2020-2021)


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A24’s “Minari” Photo courtesy of A24

AND THE PREDICTED NOMINEES ARE:

  1. "The Trial of the Chicago 7" (Netflix)
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    CAST: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, John Carroll Lynch, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Alex Sharp, Jeremy Strong

    PRODUCERS: Stuart M. Besser, Matt Jackson, Marc Platt, Tyler Thompson
    DIRECTOR: Aaron Sorkin
    SYNOPSIS: The story of 7 people on trial stemming from various charges surrounding the uprising at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.


  2. "Nomadland" (Searchlight Pictures)
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    CAST: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Swankie

    PRODUCERS: Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Chloé Zhao
    DIRECTOR: Chloé Zhao
    SYNOPSIS: After losing everything in the Great Recession, an old woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.


  3. "One Night in Miami" (Amazon Studios)
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    CAST: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom, Jr.

    PRODUCERS: Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder, Jody Klein
    DIRECTOR: Regina King
    SYNOPSIS: A fictional account of one incredible night in 1964, where four icons of activism, sports and music – Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke – gathered, discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the ’60s.


  4. "Sound of Metal" (Amazon Studios)
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    CAST: Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Mathieu Almaric, Lauren Ridloff

    PRODUCERS: Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Bill Benz, Kathy Benz
    DIRECTOR: Darius Marder
    SYNOPSIS: A heavy-metal drummer's life is thrown into freefall when he begins to lose his hearing.


  5. "Minari" (A24)
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    CAST: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim, Yuh-jung Youn, Will Patton

    PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christina Oh
    DIRECTOR: Lee Isaac Chung
    SYNOPSIS: A Korean family moves to Arkansas to start a farm in the 1980s.


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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020): (L to R)
Michael Potts as Slow Drag, Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Colman Domingo as Cutler, and Chadwick Boseman as Levee.
Cr. David Lee / Netflix
David Lee/Netflix

NEXT IN LINE CONTENDERS:

  1. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" (Netflix)
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    CAST: Chadwick Boseman, Dusan Brown, Jonny Coyne, Viola Davis, Colman Domingo, Taylour Paige, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Glynn Turman

    PRODUCERS: Todd Black, Denzel Washington, Dany Wolf
    DIRECTOR: George C. Wolfe
    SYNOPSIS: Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable "Mother of the Blues". Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play.


  2. "Da 5 Bloods" (Netflix)
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    CAST: Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Jonathan Majors, Chadwick Boseman, Isiah Witlock, Jr,, Norm Lewis

    PRODUCERS: Jon Kilik, Spike Lee, Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin
    DIRECTOR: Spike Lee
    SYNOPSIS: Four African American vets battle the forces of man and nature when they return to Vietnam seeking the remains of their fallen squad leader and the gold fortune he helped them hide.


  3. "Mank" (Netflix)
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    CAST: Tom Burke, Lily Collins, Joseph Cross, Charles Dance, Monika Gossman, Ferdinand Kingsley, Jamie McShane, Tuppence Middleton, Toby Leonard Moore, Gary Oldman, Tom Pelphrey, Amanda Seyfried, Sam Troughton

    PRODUCERS: David Fincher, Ceán Chaffin, Eric Roth, Douglas Urbanski
    DIRECTOR: David Fincher
    SYNOPSIS: 1930s Hollywood is re-evaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane for Orson Welles.


  4. "Promising Young Woman" (Focus Features)
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    CAST: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Molly Shannon, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Alison Brie, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Connie Britton, Chris Lowell, Adam Brody, Sam Richardson

    PRODUCERS: Ben Browning, Emerald Fennell, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Ashley Fox
    DIRECTOR: Emerald Fennell
    SYNOPSIS: A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path.


  5. "The Prom" (Netflix)
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    CAST: Meryl Streep, Jo Ellen Pellman, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells. Tracey Ullman

    PRODUCERS: Adam Anders, Dori Berinstein, Chad Beguelin, Bill Damaschke, Bob Martin, Ryan Murphy, Scott Robertson, Matthew Sklar, Alexis Martin Woodall
    DIRECTOR: Ryan Murphy
    SYNOPSIS: A troupe of hilariously self-obsessed theater stars swarm into a small conservative Indiana town in support of a high school girl who wants to take her girlfriend to the prom.


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THE MIDNIGHT SKY (2020)
Producer Grant Heslov, Felicity Jones, Tiffany Boone and Director George Clooney on the set of The Midnight Sky.
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UNRANKED AWARDS CONTENDERS:

† = no release date scheduled / could be delayed / may not be eligible
†† = could be campaigned in lead or supporting categories / original or adapted screenplay categories

The Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by SAG-AFTRA is an annual award show that has become one of the most important and key indicators for the Oscars. Four films have won the most SAG awards with three: 1999’s “American Beauty,” 2002’s “Chicago,” 2011’s “The Help” and 2017’s “Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Three movies have been nominated for the most SAG awards with five: 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” “Chicago” and 2008’s “Doubt.”

The SAG Awards are scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 4, 2021

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