Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” is the winner of the Los Angeles Press Club’s sixth annual Veritas Award for “best film based on or inspired by real events and people.”
The award “is judged by the 1,000-member strong LAPC — based equally upon fidelity of subject matter and artistic excellence,” according to the Press Club.
“On behalf of the producers, cast and crew of `The Trial of the Chicago 7,’ as well as Dreamworks, Cross Creek and Netflix, we’re honored to receive the LA Press Club’s Veritas Award. The Chicago 7 showed enormous courage in their efforts to hasten the end of the Vietnam War. We’re proud to have told their story and to accept this award on their behalf as well,” Sorkin said in a statement released by the club.
Sorkin wrote and directed the film, whose ensemble cast is led by Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Frank Langella and Michael Keaton.
The film, which was distributed by Netflix, tells the story of what was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago that turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard, resulting in conspiracy charges against the protest organizers who included Abbie Hoffman, Bobby Seale, Tom Hayden and Jerry Rubin.
“`The Trial of the Chicago 7′ provided historical context to many of the issues that our members have been covering in the past year, from political divisions to mass public protests, racial injustice and violence by police,” said LA Press Club President Lisa Richwine.
Past winners of the Veritas Award include “Spotlight,” “Hidden Figures,” “The Post,” “Green Book” and “Bombshell.”
An award ceremony is being planned for later this month.