Fifth about The Seventh

Casting a ballot – 73rd Annual WGA Awards

WGA AwardsThe 73rd Annual WGA Awards will be handed Sunday, March 21st, 2021.

As I have been doing for a few years, as we get into the awards season, I’ll post the fictional ballots for some of the guild awards, showing what my vote would be if I had one. I will, as a rule, abstain from my fictional vote if I haven’t seen at least half of the nominees. And to be perfectly clear, I’m not a member of any of these guilds and organizations.

The list of nominees can be seen here.

Here it goes:

Documentary Screenplay: abstain (Not seen: The Dissident, Herb Alpert Is…, Red Penguins, Totally Under Control.)

Original Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, for The Trial of the Chicago 7

Many films of the past year display similar topicality when compared to this one, but what sets this apart is how easy it is to understand what each piece represents. The film has a huge number of characters and differing interests, but it’s always pretty clear what each one of them is. Sorkin’s dialogue is, as usual, solid. (Not seen: Palm Springs, Promising Young Woman.)

Adapted Screenplay: Kemp Powers, for One Night in Miami…

Out of many fine recent films that address the racial divide in America, this one may be the most entertaining, without sacrificing one bit of intelligence. The dialogues are attractive, instigating. (It was a particularly hard choice between this and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.)

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