It's often very hard to predict what will be in Oscar contention months and years before the ceremonies are held. I mean, six months ago no one would have guessed that Moonlight would win Best Picture. But there are three good reasons why you can pretty much bet your house that The Post will be up for Academy Awards in a couple of years time. They're Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg, each of whom have signed up to work on The Post, which means that the Academy just won't be able to resist it.
It's not just the two actors and legendary director that makes The Post instantly recognizable as an Oscar-bait movie. That's because The Post will be dealing with some pretty weighty, and prescient, material, too, as it focuses on The Washington Post's role in publishing the famous study about America's role in the Vietnam War. The Post will primarily revolve around the work of The Washington Post's editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) and its publisher Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), who ultimately fought tooth and nail with the Nixon administration to publish the Pentagon Papers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg will be directing Liz Hannah's script, which was originally written as a spec. Clearly it impressed producer Amy Pascal, who will be assuming her duties through her Pascal Pictures banner. Steven Spielberg will also be producing, along with Kristie Macosko Krieger. 20th Century Fox and Amblin Entertainment will be picking up the check together as the co-financiers of the film, while Fox will handle the domestic distribution and Amblin will cover the international side.
But's it's the trifecta of Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep that makes The Post truly alluring as a project. While The Post will mark Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's fifth collaboration together, as they previously worked on Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and most recently Bridge Of Spies, together, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg previously only worked on A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and even then the lauded actress only had a cameo appearance. This will mark the first occasion that Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks have ever shared the screen together, but I can only assume that they've been hanging in the same circles for years.
Between them, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Steven Spielberg have nine Academy Award statuettes, as well as another 41 nominations, meaning that their combined presence in a film, and all of the awards its likely to be nominated for, is set to be so powerful that it will either instantly cure all of the world's problems, or it will make an Oscar award actually come to life.