With The Post, Spielberg's skills are put to a objective: Tom Hanks plays Ben Bradlee, the chain-smoking, gray-suited editor of the Washington Post. While Streep overpowers most of the cast with her dynamic presence as there is a gradual shift in the graph of her character, Hanks as the passionate and fiery Bradlee pulls off his end splendidly as well.
Streep also didn't receive a SAG nomination, and to date, the only time she managed to receive an Oscar nomination without an individual SAG bid was for "Adaptation" (2002). "I liked Kay Graham". "The Nixon White House is nothing if not vindictive", muses Streep's Katherine Graham, the paper's publisher.
"Once Henry Kissinger was there", said Marcil, who attended a couple of her dinner parties.
In "The Post", the moment comes when the political columnist Meg Greenfield (Carrie Coon) gets word of a Supreme Court decision, concerning a newspaper's right to publish material gleaned from whistleblowers.
Set in 1971 in Washington, D.C., Spielberg's "The Post" is based on the fascinating true story of the Pentagon Papers, a revealing and extensive series of documents that exposed backroom USA involvement in Vietnam stretching back to the Truman administration. And more importantly from a storytelling perspective, it's about the evolution of a woman, Graham, into a journalism icon. The Washington Post then picked up the baton.
"I know for a fact that there are any number of showbusiness entities that are saying "alright we are going to literally change the patina of our boardroom, we are going to make promotions that are taking into account the need for our company to reflect the numbers of our population". "I hope we give good service". And these leaders lied to the American public and Congress about the war and its scope.
All you have to do to be in the running is leave a comment on this blog post telling us what your favorite newspaper of all time is, and why. Graham had inherited The Post when her husband Philip committed suicide in 1963. Whether this depiction is true or not - and the real-life Graham indeed confessed to a lack of self-confidence fostered by the sexism surrounding her - the screenwriters clearly see it as a dramatic necessity to tee up an eventual heroic climax of fearless conviction on Graham's part. In lesser hands, Graham would have come off as dithering (early in the film she removes an earring before answering the phone, such a subtle moment but it speaks volumes about who Graham is), as if she were waiting for a man to rescue her. "She was shy to start with", but became self-assured and commanding as she became seasoned.
Hanks fares less well as Bradlee, a notoriously gruff and gritty man. Hanks can do gritty at a stretch, but gruff is beyond him, so he resorts to crossing his arms a lot. "He was a damn good newspaper man".
A federal court slaps the New York Times with an injunction to stop publishing the papers.
As the event drew near, Marcil hadn't heard from the White House, and was getting nervous. "They knew we couldn't win", Ellsberg says here, "and still sent boys to die". "President Obama said in a recent interview, 'It's not that democracy is fragile but it's reversible.' I wanted to do more than just sit down and watch television and complain to (wife Kate Capshaw) and my kids about what's happening to our country".