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‘The Post’ scoops award for best film of 2017

‘The Post’ scoops award for best film of 2017
By Selina Sykes

Steven Spielberg’s 'The Post' has been named Best Film of 2017 by the National Board of Review.

The American drama starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks recalls the real-life story of the Washington Post's battle to publish damning information about the Vietnam War after a four-decade-long governmental cover-up.

Streep, who plays America's first female newspaper publisher and news editor Hanks also won awards for their performances.

The Post is now tipped as a contender at next year's Oscars.

The timing of the film’s release is considered by many as an unsubtle nod towards current goings-on in the US political landscape.

The National Board of Review gave the award for best director to first-time filmmaker Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird - a coming of age story about a teenager's turbulent bond with her mother.