No other film this year was as politically timely as Steven Spielberg‘s historical drama about Washington Post editor Katharine Graham’s (Meryl Streep) release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971. While “The Post” takes place during President Nixon‘s tenure pre-Watergate, it feels just as important as ever thanks to the current administration’s constant attacks on the free press. However, the film only received two Oscar nominations: Best Picture and Best Actress for Streep. Oscar voters, my fingers are crossed that you throw “The Post” a bone in one (or both) of these categories so that the best film of the year doesn’t go home empty-handed.
Things started out well for Spielberg’s latest film, as it was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review. That group also awarded Streep as Best Actress and Tom Hanks, who portrays executive editor Ben Bradlee, as Best Actor. But it was all downhill after that. The movie was completely shut out at the BAFTAs and SAG Awards, and lost every one of its bids at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.
Two popular reasons have been thrown about for why “The Post” never really took off awards-wise. First, it debuted way too late in the season, prompting many to question whether the project was rushed in order to qualify for awards. Second, with names like Spielberg, Streep and Hanks front and center, people’s expectations were set too high from the get-go; anything less than perfect was seen as a disappointment.
While Streep and Hanks both followed up their NBR victories with nominations at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, Hanks missed out at the Oscars in what’s become a long line of head-scratching snubs. Besides “The Post,” Hanks was also snubbed at the Oscars for “Captain Phillips” (2013), “Saving Mr. Banks” (2013) and “Bridge of Spies” (2015), to name just a few. Comparatively, Streep is enjoying her record 21st Oscar nomination thanks to “The Post.”
As of this writing “The Post” has amassed nearly $80 million at the U.S. box office, making it the third highest-grossing Best Picture nominee behind “Dunkirk” ($188 million) and “Get Out” ($176 million). Do you agree that “The Post” deserved better this awards season? Can it rally at the Oscars by winning Best Picture and/or Best Actress? Give us your thoughts down in the comments section.
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