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Meryl Streep stars as ‘Washington Post’ publisher Kay Graham and Tom Hanks is editor Ben Bradlee in ‘The Post,’ director Steven Spielberg’s drama about the Pentagon Papers.
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Liz Hannah has a message pinned to the top of her Twitter profile. “Dreams really do come true,” it says, with a photo from The Post.

Yes, that’s The Post, as in the movie about Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. 

Hannah wrote the film’s screenplay, her first feature script, with help from Spotlight writer Josh Singer. And now, the 32-year-old who had only planned to write a spec script to help attain an agent, is in Oscar contention and has become the embodiment of what is possible when women are in positions of power in the movie industry. 

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For Hannah, who had no Hollywood connections before landing an internship at a production company (her only family member in the industry was an uncle who worked as a an assistant in the film crew decades ago), several prominent female figures helped identify her talent and set her on a successful moviemaking path. 

That early job was at Denver and Delilah Productions, where she met women who would become instrumental in her career: Charlize Theron (the company is named for her dogs) and Beth Kono, two producers at the female-centric studio that’s made films including Atomic Blonde

“They were huge mentors for me,” says Hannah, who started interning at Delilah as a 22-year-old AFI student. The producers “let me be on any call. I spent the entirety of my mid-20s there, learning,” she said. “One of the fortunate things about working with…