It's November, which means one thing: awards season is right around the corner. This year, Steven Spielberg is back for the first time since 2015's Bridge of Spies with a period drama so star-studded, it practically vomits "prestige."
The Post chronicles the true story of the 1971 leak of the Pentagon Papers—classified documents revealing the true nature of the United States's involvement in Vietnam—through the eyes of Washington Post publisher Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) and executive editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks). They rush to report their own stories, which could "[expose] years of government secrets," following the New York Times's break of the story, even as pressure from the White House mounts; President Nixon goes so far as to obtain an injuction to prohibit the Times from publishing further, a power move that takes the case all the way to the Supreme Court.
While Bradlee champions the fourth estate and the publication of the papers at all costs ("What will happen if we don't publish them? The country will lose."), Graham faces the prospect of prison if the court rules against the press, as well as pressure to make the right choice as the first-ever female publisher of an American newspaper.