All the actors in 'The Trial of the Chicago 7' to be entered for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Ben Arnold
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The entire A-list ensemble of The Trial of the Chicago 7 is to be put up for the Best Supporting Actor category at the Oscars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Michael Keaton, Frank Langella, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance and Jeremy Strong will all be pushed forward to the Academy.

Which actors will head through to nomination remains to be seen, but Cohen's portrayal of activist Abbie Hoffman has gained particular notoriety in the well-reviewed Netflix movie.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Credit: Netflix)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Credit: Netflix)

Watchmen star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also received praise for his turn as Black Panthers icon Bobby Seale.

It would follow a similar gambit to that seen by 2015 biopic Spotlight, which also featured a dazzling ensemble cast.

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Both Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams were nominated in the supporting acting categories – neither won, but the movie did score Best Picture.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Credit: Netflix)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Credit: Netflix)

The Trial of the Chicago 7, written and directed by The Social Network and West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin, follows the famous trial of the Chicago Seven, who were charged with conspiracy and inciting riots during anti-Vietnam demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

It was released on Netflix last month to a hail of celebratory reviews, and a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Wrote Owen Gleiberman in Variety: “Sorkin has structured The Trial of the Chicago 7 ingeniously, so that it's never about just one thing. It's about the theatrical insanity of the war in the courtroom, about how the government would stop at nothing (including flagrant attempts at jury tampering), and about the politics, at once planned and spontaneous, of how the Chicago protests unfolded.”

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