Hot Take: Oscarbait account of The Pentagon Papers. Highly competent newspaper tale along the lines of Spotlight without the emotional weight.
Take a true story. Add Steven Spielberg as director. Add Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks as the stars. Add a number of competent supporting cast members including Bob Odenkirk, Bradley Whitford, Tracy Letts and others. Throw in a score from John Williams. Tie it to the current political climate and some similarities to the past and you have a film capable of scoring an Oscar nomination or two. The Post, a historically accurate account of the publishing of The Pentagon Papers from the point of view of The Washington Post and a subplot of Kay Graham (Streep) as the first female president and publisher of an American newspaper, is high octane Oscarbait and received 6 Golden Globe nominations which could be a sign of things to come for The Post come the announcement of Academy Award nominations next week. Read More →