After writing that suggestion earlier that I figured they decided on a limited release for The Post in hopes of getting Oscar nominations, it turns out that they're on the right track. The National Board of Review just announced its awards today, the first to do so.
The Post won Best Picture.
As I say here, we tries nots to steers ya wrong. It's very good. And timely. I suspect that helped, as well. But mainly, it's very good.
By the way, the "timely" part is far more critical to this than even meets the eye. At the Writers Guild screening on Sunday, the two screenwriters -- Liz Hannah, who wrote the original draft, and Josh Singer, who came in to work on it -- said that from the time Hannah finished her script to getting Spielberg involved, hiring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, reworking the script, doing pre-production, all the wardrobe and set designs, shooting the movie and editing it to having it ready now...was only NINE MONTHS! That's just near-unheard of. And most especially for a filmmaker like Spielberg who is meticulous and detailed in his preparation. Not to mention having Streep and Hanks available.
Actually, it's even more remarkable -- because Spielberg was working on another movie at the time (in post-production) and put it aside to work on The Post. He has told the press that because of the news, he felt that the movie had to be today today.
This is a good article here in Vanity Fair that deals with the swiftness of it all.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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