SAG Awards 2021: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7,’ ‘Minari’ tussle for top prize before Oscars

SAG Awards 2021: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7,’ ‘Minari’ tussle for top prize before Oscars

It’s going to look unlike any other Screen Actors Guild Awards that came before it on the road to Oscar night, but one thing isn’t changing about Sunday’s ceremony: Screen thespians are celebrating their own.

Rather than holding a live ceremony amid COVID-19, the SAG Awards (TNT and TBS, 9 ET/6 PT) is a reimagined one-hour special that, according to the guild, “highlights and expands on our signature ‘I am an Actor’ opening and honors the outstanding performances of the past year.” Presenters and winners have taped segments from their homes, and the show will kick off with a locker-room pep talk from none other than Ted Lasso (played by Jason Sudeikis).

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Abbie Hoffman (Sacha Baron Cohen, center left) and Jerry Rubin (Jeremy Strong) arrive for court in Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7." (Photo: NIKO TAVERNISE/NETFLIX)

Aaron Sorkin’s courtroom thriller “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Spike Lee’s war movie “Da 5 Bloods,” Lee Isaac Chung’s Korean American family drama “Minari,” a Netflix adaptation of playwright August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and Regina King’s period piece “One Night in Miami” will compete for outstanding cast in a motion picture – equivalent to Oscars’ best picture.

In the top TV categories, “The Crown” is going for back-to-back wins for drama cast against “Better Call Saul,” “Bridgerton,” “Lovecraft Country” and “Ozark,” while Emmy darling “Schitt’s Creek” will compete against “Dead to Me,” “The Flight Attendant,” “The Great” and “Ted Lasso” for outstanding comedy ensemble.

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