Best Picture Nominee: “The Post”

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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep as Ben Bradlee and Kay Graham, respectively, in the Steven Spielberg directed biographical historical period drama “The Post” (2017)

Does the Steven Spielberg directed biographical historical period drama “The Post” have a realistic chance of winning the Academy Award for Best Picture?

With a screenplay penned by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, the tone of this film speaks to the political crisis the United States currently find itself embroiled.

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If you are not familiar with the film, it revolves around the real-life cover-up that spanned no fewer than four United States presidencies. Kay Graham, played by Meryl Streep, was America’s first female newspaper publisher at the helm of a major journalistic publication, The Washington Post.

As a tough hard-driving editor, Graham was not the type of person to suffer fools gladly. She led an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Even though there are people that might suggest “The Post” winning the Academy Awards’ top category production award would be sending a message to President Donald J. Trump, the quality of the Spielberg directed film should not be underestimated.

While there is no doubt Streep deserves her nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the Academy Awards only recognising this film with two nominations is an affront to the work which was achieved on this production.

Questions must be asked as to what it was that prevented Spielberg from receiving a nomination for his directorial work. Having previously picked up the Academy Award for Best Director on his films the 1993 biographical period drama “Schindler’s List” and the 1997 period drama “Saving Private Ryan,” the absence of a nomination for Spielberg in this category is troubling.

Time and again, Spielberg has proven the weight of his directorial work by maintaining lofty standards. While there are a few productions that have not reached the standard on might expect of a Spielberg directed film, inclusive of “Empire of the Sun” (1987), “Amistad” (1997) and “Lincoln” (2012), the majority of his films have spoken to a global audience.

There was no nominations for Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts or Bradley Whitford for their work on “The Post.” Whitford, best known for playing White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman in the Aaron Sorkin created television political drama series “The West Wing,” also worked on the Jordan Peele written and directed horror film “Get Out.”

If you have been paying attention to news pertaining to the Academy Awards, you will know “Get Out” is one of the nine films recognised with a nomination for Best Picture. If the awards ceremony can recognise as many as nine productions in its top category, there is no reason there shouldn’t be nine Best Director nominees, Best Actor nominees and nine Best Actress nominees and so on. Very few of the people responsible for personifying the characters have been recognised.

Look at the quality of the work Sarah Broshar and Michael Kahn accomplished with “The Post.” Even though it’s extraordinary, neither of the film editors were recognised by the Academy Awards with a nomination for their work on the Spielberg directed film.

Neither Broshar and Kahn are new to being seated in a film editor’s chair.

While Broshar was partially responsible for editing films such as “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” (2004), “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010) and “War Horse” (2011), Kahn was in the editor’s chair for no fewer than 75 productions.

Kahn edited “The Activist” (1969), “1941” (1979), “Toy Soldiers” (1991), “Amistad” (1997) and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” (2010).

The absence of nominations for these people is ridiculous.

Will the film pick up the Academy Award for Best Picture? It should!

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