In the Steven Spielberg movie, The Post, a pair of Washington Post employees battle the federal government over their right to publish the Pentagon Papers.
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Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.
The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project.
Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep star in the film as Ben Bradlee and Kay Graham.
Meryl Streep has won 3 acting Oscars (two Best Actress and one Best Supporting Actress) and Tom Hanks has won 2 Oscars (Best Actor).
Both Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep are poised to receive nominations for this film, as is director Steven Spielberg.
If nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in this film, Meryl Streep will have 21 Oscar nominations.
If nominated for his role in this film, Tom Hanks will have six Oscar nominations.
Some Steve Spielberg trivia: if nominated for the Best Director Oscar, it will be Steven Spielberg’s eighth Oscar nomination for directing. He has won the Best Director Oscar twice, for Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List. (He has also been nominated for Best Director for the movies Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, E.T., Munich and Lincoln.
In all, Steven Spielberg has been nominated for 15 Oscars, 9 of them for Best Picture. He received a Best Picture Oscar nomination for Letters from Iwo Jima, but Clint Eastwood directed the picture.
Believe it or not, Steven Spielberg was not nominated for Best Director for the movie The Color Purple, even though that film garnered 11 Oscar nominations, including one for Best Picture. The other movies for which Steven Spielberg has been nominated for the Best Picture Oscar but did not receive a Best Director Oscar nomination are Bridge Of Spies and War Horse. Conversely, neither E.T., nor Close Encounters Of The Third Kind were nominated for Best Picture Oscars.
Steven Spielberg also is winner of an additional Oscar, the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which he received in 1987, the year after he lost out on a Best Director Oscar nomination for The Color Purple.