Meryl Streep: Oprah is serious about presidential bid

Danny Woods
January 12, 2018

His co-star, Meryl Streep, won Best Actress.

It was already decided that Tuesday night's gala at Cipriani's in midtown Manhattan would belong to "The Post".

Spielberg's best decision, and the one flash of real creative audacity in the film, is to integrate the actual recordings of Nixon's phone conversations as he reacts to The Post's and The Times' revelations.

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"It's kind of insane because I spent five years before this happened doing what most writers do, which is struggling and really trying to get your work out there", Hannah told us. How physically, emotionally unsafe it can be. Among the biggest revelations: US leaders knew that the war in Vietnam was unwinnable but kept sending troops to Southeast Asia, to kill and be killed.

Streep has been a prominent voice regarding gender equality in Hollywood following the fallout of disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein, who distributed numerous films of Streep's.

Streep concluded her remarks by quoting her character, Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, who strides forward at a crucial moment in the male-dominated 1970s newspaper industry to publish the Pentagon Papers in "The Post".

With the papers in their possession, Graham and her editor Ben Bradlee found themselves having to make a tough - and now legendary - call: To publish and risk the destruction of the company at the hands of President Nixon's goon-squad of bullies and lawyers, or to play it safe but betray the ideals of journalism and the founding fathers.

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"She was thrust into a man's world", a time when professional opportunities for women were much more limited than today, Marcil said. "Yeah, I know it's the year of the woman and everything, but all of my mentors have been men", including the Public Theater founder Joseph Papp and directors Mike Nichols and Alan Pakula.

The decision facing Graham is not an easy one: People could go to prison, the Post could cease operating. He lets the story - penned by Josh Singer ("The West Wing", "Spotlight") and Liz Hannah - unfold on its own and lets viewers draw their own conclusions, and uses his incredible chops to create an air of nail-biting tension as the action plays out.

To be sure, the nuts-and-bolts details (reporters smoking in the newsroom, the typewriters and landline phones, the striped paper coffee cups, the cylinders of pneumatic tubes used to propel copy to the printers) are historically precise, but we also get that unique Spielbergian light, that gorgeous and magical and dazzling light, to remind us something special is going on here. "I think everyone who thinks this is a moment (rather than a movement) needs to wipe the fog out of their glasses, because we'll finish what we started".

De Niro, who introduced Streep, was blunter, referring to Trump as the "jerk-off in chief" and numerous other foul-mouthed insults that drew cheers from the crowd.

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If America was going to get a cinematic civics teacher, it certainly could have done a hell of a lot worse than Steven Spielberg.

"The Disaster Artist" director and star James Franco was in attendance to present his film's adapted screenplay award, even as another event distanced itself from him. As president of the newspaper publishers association, Marcil had extended an invitation to President Ronald Reagan to address the group at the Waldorf Astoria in NY.

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