Cate Blanchett just might win her second Best Actress Oscar in three years for “Truth,” a drama about the journalism scandal that led to longtime anchor Dan Rather’s resignation and veteran producer Mary Mapes’ firing from CBS News.
Based on Mapes’ memoir “Truth and Duty: The Press, the President, and the Privilege of Power,” the film stars Blanchett as the embattled news producer, who won a breathless race to expose President George W. Bush as a military deserter (after opening two fronts in the War on Terror, no less), only to discover that the documents that “proved” that claim were forgeries. “Truth” seems to focus on the fallout of the scandal, which includes not only Rather and Mapes’ dismissals, but also troubling questions about the political pressures that influence the newsroom and the due consequences for journalists when they’re tricked by partisan hoaxers.
Robert Redford plays Rather, while Elisabeth Moss co-stars.
“Truth” opens October 16, while Blanchett’s other awards-buzzy film, “Carol,” will be released November 20.