Watch Tom Hanks as Miranda Priestly and Meryl Streep as Forrest Gump

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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep at the National Board of Review gala

It is as simple as that. She's among the several hundred women in the entertainment industry who have banded together in an initiative dubbed Time's Up, to promote gender equality among Hollywood executives. Plenty of people involved in the company's day to day financial decisions don't trust her judgment. Here, too, there are moments that are a bit overwrought-Graham descends the steps of the Supreme Court through a sea of women gazing at her in unabashed hero-worship-but it's a fascinating piece of character study, even if it's one that's more parallel to the central narrative than integrated into it.

Streep and her The Post co-star Tom Hanks have already shared their backing of Winfrey, 63, to succeed Donald Trump in the White House. Graham reminds him of his close friendship with the Kennedys, and how that compromised Bradlee's journalistic integrity. Then the Times comes out with its first story about the damning documents.

When the Post stood up for truth, they went from being a nice local paper to being an important national one.

As far as what Spielberg hopes the nation and perhaps the current administration takes away from the movie: "The truth must trump the lie", he said. He sees a chance for his regional paper to claw onto an equal footing with more prestigious rival publications in New York City, Chicago, and Boston. The leaked, top-secret documents detailed the escalation of the Vietnam War and showed that the US government knew that the conflict was unwinnable.

In 1971, a tranche of documents - some 7000 pages - were leaked to The New York Times.

"The Post" is a historical but entertaining and inspiring account of the courageous decision by Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham in 1971 to publish the Pentagon Papers.

Despite earning six Golden Globe awards and being a likely candidate for the Oscars, The Post earned no nominations for the upcoming Screen Actor Guild Awards announced last week.

Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird took honors for Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalf and Best Director for Gerwig, who came on stage in tears after Late Show host Stephen Colbert introduced her. But since this is 1971, and since this is near the beginning of one of the biggest political crises in our nation's history, it's unlikely that Graham can stay in her comfort zone for long. The gratitude and pride they bathe upon Graham, and the reciprocal feeling reflected back at them by Streep, is the sort of moment that puts a lump in the toughest throat.

Graham argues for the board's position: "We can't hold [government] accountable if we don't have a newspaper". Graham had inherited The Post when her husband Philip committed suicide in 1963.

Hanks laughs about how Streep didn't know that Spielberg doesn't rehearse.

We've seen a lot of iterations of Steven Spielberg, from Sci-Fi Spielberg (Minority Report, War of the Worlds) to Prestige Spielberg (Schindler's List, Lincoln) to Middlebrow Schmaltz Spielberg (The Terminal, War Horse). Since that time, he has thrown himself into historical dramas like Bridge of Spies and sweeping epics like War Horse and Lincoln. There is a reek of quality and refinement here that at times threatens to undermine the bustle and urgency of the script and the events, but Spielberg and his editors keep their foot mostly on the gas, where it needs to be. Unlike say, Oliver Stone, we've rarely seen Spielberg with a bee in his bonnet, delivering a film with a clear and transparent takeaway. Bob Odenkirk does particularly fine work as the reporter who tracks down Ellsberg and gets his hands on the papers.

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