6:30am PT by Chris Gardner
Steven Spielberg Sent Champagne and Caviar to Director Oscar Nominees
Steven Spielberg's The Post scored two Oscar nominations Jan. 23, including noms for best picture and best actress for Meryl Streep. Spielberg, however, was not among those named for best director, even though he'd been pegged as a favorite to receive what would have been his seventh nom in the category. (He has won twice: in 1999 for Saving Private Ryan and in 1994 for Schindler's List.)
Still, the veteran filmmaker did not spend any time sulking, instead ensuring that the five nominees who did make the cut — Guillermo del Toro, Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson — had the accoutrements for a proper celebration: Multiple sources confirm that Spielberg sent champagne and caviar to each nominee.
Reps for Spielberg didn't respond to a request for comment.
This story first appeared in the Jan. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.