I think if there's a threat to Nomadland that Netflix has in its stable, it's this and not Mank. Extremely timely subject matter, a strong ensemble that's basically SAG catnip chockfull of Academy favorites, and a period piece besides? At this point, all it needs is to be good and it's a heavy hitter.
I've been predicting this to be the BP winner since spring and nothing about the trailer changed myself, in fact, I'm even far more confident in it. I never bought Mank or even Nomadland as the threat to win. There's a possibility another film will emerge as a frontrunner but it won't be them I don't think so I'm gonna continue predicting this. That being said, I think it looks like you're run of the mill Oscar bait but it's timely and voters will eat it up because of the cast and subject matter.
Anne Thompson @akstanwyck 2m Reveled in The Trial of the Chicago 7 as great actors run with Aaron Sorkin dialogue. He was already working with witty characters and high-pitched drama. Emmy-winners Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jeremy Strong pop along with SB Cohen and Mark Rylance. Catnip for Academy Boomers.
Esther Zuckerman @ezwrites 5m Sacha Baron Cohen is gonna get an Oscar nom for The Trial of the Chicago 7 and he deserves it.
Steve Pond @stevepond 10m Well, The Trial of the Chicago 7 really works. Beautifully layered, propulsive, and Michael Keaton kind of steals the show by slowing all those rapid-fire Aaron Sorkin lines down to a crawl. The occasional dodgy ‘60s wig notwithstanding, it’s terrific. Review in 2 days.
Pete Hammond @deadlinepete 11m Powerful and oh so important to see now , Aaron Sorkin’s Trial Of The Chicago 7 is a triumph with a superb acting ensemble. Eddie Redmayne as Tom Hayden, Frank Langella, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mark Rylance, everyone so great. A must this season
Jason @jasonosia 15m Awards analysis for THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
Likely: Best Original Screenplay Best Picture Bes Supporting Actor, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
Possible: Best Editing Best Original Song
Other notable performances: 1) Frank Langella, 2) Mark Rylance
Scott Menzel @theotherscottm 16m The Trial of The Chicago 7: A film that makes you think about the past & present. Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay is fantastic as expected. The entire ensemble cast is fantastic. Hard to single out just one performance. The editing is superb. A great courtroom drama #TrialOfTheChicago7
Jason @jasonosia 19m If there was a formal TIFF festival this year, The Trial of the Chicago 7 would’ve likely been your audience winner. There are many audience cues that would’ve had rounds of applause and standing ovacations throughout the film, so it’s incredibly jarring watching this at home!
Fan of Emmy winner Zendaya @treymangum 24m THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 takes a bit to heat up, but it gels when it gets there. A Sorkin film at its finest. Jeremy Strong & Mark Rylance are the best performances for me outside of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who owns every moment and needed more screentime. Watch for this one.
Scott Mantz @moviemantz 26m TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7: Writer/Director #AaronSorkin is at the top of his game with a timely & relevant courtroom drama. Slow at first, but gets better as it goes & takes hold. Superb performances all around. Riveting & gripping, builds to a rousing conclusion. #Chicago7
kateyrich @kateyrich 27m The fact that I can’t decide if Jeremy Strong is the best performance in The Trial of the Chicago 7 should tell you how great this movie is. I THINK he and fellow Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are best in show but I’m gonna have to watch 10 more times to decide for sure
Matt Neglia @nextbestpicture 28m THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 is a politically charged court room drama that harkens back to crowd pleasing films of the 90s. Electrifying editing with firecracker dialogue from Aaron Sorkin. Mark Rylance, Frank Langella & Yaha Abdul-Mateen II all stood out amongst this huge cast.
Chris Evangelista @cevangelista413 32m THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 is a major actor’s showcase, with everyone going for BIG, BIG moments, but Mark Rylance walks away with the whole movie. Plenty of Sorkin patter, and he mostly manages to avoid his weaker inclinations. Mostly.
Gregory Ellwood - The Playlist Clapper board @thegregorye 32m Takes a while to get there but The Trial of the Chicago 7 makes a fruitful turn in the third act. Probably a Best Picture nominee with strong perfs from Mark Rylance, Sacha Baron Cohen and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Looks very prestige TV movie, but fantastic editing helps.