- Hanks will play Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, and Meryl will play publisher Katharine Graham in The Post, a drama about the Post's involvement in the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Spielberg, who is also one of the producers alongside Amy Pascal, will direct. Everyone will win Oscars.
- The Pentagon Papers were a 7,000 page report on the history of US involvement in Vietnam that was leaked to the New York Times and other papers in 1971 by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who had worked on the report while at the RAND Corporation and had previously tried and failed to get Senators to release the study on the Senate floor. After Nixon's AG obtained an injunction against the NYT to prevent them from publishing more, the Post obtained a copy and began publishing their own stories, opening the floodgates as more newspapers joined them. The government's attempt to block the Post from publishing was less successful, their case was joined to the Times', and a little over two weeks after the initial publication, the Supreme Court ruled in New York Times Co. v. United States that the government hadn't met the "heavy burden" justifying prior restraint on publication, and newspapers were able to publish stories on the classified material.
- seems timely