Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Best Screenplay – Motion Picture


    Aaron Sorkin ‑ “The Trial of the Chicago 7”

    Acceptance Speech:

    AARON SORKIN:  Thank you.  Thank you, HFPA.  This is very nice, but it can’t top the honor of being nominated alongside these four phenomenal screenplays:  Emerald Fennell, Chloe Zhao, Regina King.  You are the reason my college‑age daughter wants to be a filmmaker, and I’m never going to forgive you for that.  I want to thank my assistant ^Lauren Lohman, 22 years.  That’s her fan club back there.  The first AD, legendary Joe Reidy.  Our production designer, Shane Valentino.  Our costume designer, Susan Lyall.  Our DP, Phedon Papamichael. Our editor Alan Baumgarten.  Composer, Daniel Pemberton.  Of course, I want to thank our producers, Walter Parks, Laurie MacDonald, Tyler Thompson, Matt Jackson, and our lead producer, Stuart Besser and Marc Platt.  Of course, our studios. There were a few of them.  Dreamworks, Cross Creek, Paramount, and Netflix. Netflix saved our lives and put us with the team of very talented people who love movies.  One last thing.  While we were shooting, every night after wrap when I’d get back to my hotel room, there would be an email from Sasha with a quote from Abbie Hoffman.  None of them ever made it into the film, but I saved the emails.  And I don’t always agree with everything that the characters that I write do or say, but here’s something Abbie said: “Democracy is not something you believe in or a place to hang your hat, but it’s something you do.  You participate.  If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles.  I don’t need any more evidence than what happened on January 6th to agree with this.  Thank you very, very much.

    Backstage Interview:

    QUESTION:  Hi there, Aaron.  Congratulations to you.  You were sitting with a —

    AARON SORKIN:  Hey, Sam.  How are you?

    QUESTION:  Really good.  You were — so pleased to see your win tonight.  You were sitting with a large group of people.  Using that audience as a microcosm, what did you and your people think of the show tonight?

    AARON SORKIN:  Loved it.  So do I.  I was just saying, I think everybody — you miss the social aspect of it, right, because usually if you’re there with a movie, you haven’t seen these people since you wrapped.  So you miss the social aspect of it.

    But there’s something really nice watching it with your friends and family.  It — I don’t know.  It kind of felt more intimate tonight than it usually does.  Amy and Tina did an amazing job, but — it really worked.

    QUESTION:  I know you looked for a director for this project for many years.  I believe Steven Spielberg was thrown out to do this. However, since 2016 or ’17 you have been directing yourself, and you directed this film.

    Does this Golden Globes mean more to you tonight because you actually wrote it and directed it as well?  I believe it is a film that you actually directed.

    AARON SORKIN:  Yes, that is the case.  You know what, I think it means the most to me because it is the — because right now “Chicago 7” is the movie, you know, that I just finished and that I love.  And that screenplay award, the HFPA isn’t reading screenplays.  They are looking at movies.

    So it is not just for me.  It is for the cast.  It is for the designers.  It is for the crew.  It is for the boosters.  It’s for the studio.  And I am so proud of everyone I worked with on this film.

    QUESTION:  Aaron, how you doing?

    AARON SORKIN:  Hi, Kevin.

    QUESTION:  I’m here.  I’m here.  I’m here.

    AARON SORKIN:  I can’t see you, but I can hear you.

    QUESTION:  Congratulations.  What was it like to have all those friends and family there?  Because normally you get a plus-one, and that’s it.

    AARON SORKIN:  It was great to have friends and family here.  I, and probably everybody, you miss the social aspect a little bit at the Golden Globes.  It is a party, and usually you haven’t seen these people since you wrapped the movie.  So you are getting to see people you haven’t seen in a while.

    But tonight, you know, watching from home, watching with friends and family, just the — it was great.  It was relaxed.  It was intimate.  I thought Tina and Amy did a fantastic job.  It was a lot of fun tonight, it really was.

    QUESTION:  Congratulations on tonight.  I just wanted to see how excited you are for your man Sacha Baron Cohen, really cleaning up tonight, had a great night.  How excited are you for him?  How would you guys be partying and celebrating if it weren’t COVID?

    AARON SORKIN:  First of all, I couldn’t be more excited for Sacha.  He had the Golden Globes surrounded.  He was bound to win something tonight.  And he won two awards, actually only one of two people who won two awards tonight, so I couldn’t be more proud of him.

    In terms of the social aspect of tonight, sure, I think everybody — you like the party part of it.  You like seeing people you haven’t seen in a while.  But on the other hand, being with your friends and family, watching from home, there was an intimacy to it.  I thought Tina and Amy did a fantastic job, so I had a fantastic time tonight.

    QUESTION:  Congratulations on this win.  How important was it for you to have this story get out?  We never expected January 6th to happen, but you also mentioned that in your speech.  So how is it a full-circle moment for you, and what does it feel like?

    AARON SORKIN:  Incredible.  Listen, we thought the film was plenty relevant last winter when we were making it.  We didn’t need it to get more relevant, but it did, right, in May with police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and protestors taking to the streets in states all across the country and a number of those protesters being met by riot clubs and teargas.  And then, of course, on January 6th Donald Trump standing up and doing exactly what the Chicago Seven were on trial for doing.

    The movie was never meant to be about 1968.  It was always meant to be about today.  I just never could imagine how much about today it was going to end up being.


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