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‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ takes top honors at SAG Awards
The cast of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” took the top prize at the 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards where actors of color, for the first time, swept the individual film awards.
The win for the Netflix movie marked the first time a film from any streaming service won the ensemble award.
“‘God give us leaders,’ said the Rev. Martin Luther King before he was [shot] — a profound injustice,” said actor Frank Langella while accepting the award on behalf of the cast. “[King] was right. We need leaders to guide us toward hating each other less.”
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Harvey Weinstein appeals conviction, blames ‘cavalier’ judge
NEW YORK: More than a year after Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction, his lawyers are demanding a new trial, arguing in papers that the landmark #MeToo prosecution was buoyed by improper rulings from a judge who was “cavalier” in protecting the disgraced movie mogul’s right to a fair trial.
Weinstein’s lawyers took repeated aim at Manhattan Judge James Burke, arguing that he swayed the trial’s outcome with repeated rulings favorable to prosecutors.
Burke sentenced Weinstein to 23 years in state prison, which his lawyers argued was “unduly harsh and excessive,” and that he deserved a significantly lighter sentence.