The true story of the Boston Globe Spotlight team who uncovered
a child molestation cover-up scandal within the Catholic Church.
Directed by Tom McCarthy
Written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams,
Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Bryan d'Arcy James, Stanley Tucci,
Billy Crudup, Jamey Sheridan, Neal Huff
Oscar Wins - Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo),
Best Supporting Actress (Rachel McAdams), Best Director,
Best Film Editing
Spotlight is a tough film to watch. It deals with a subject matter that ruins lives and destroys families, but it does so with the utmost respect for victims everywhere. This film tells a story that must be heard across the world, because child molestation in the Catholic Church is happening across the world and has been for decades. Spotlight shows how a four person team at the Boston Globe unearthed this horrible secret in their own hometown, causing ripples throughout the church's entire organization.
It is very easy for a film like Spotlight to fall prey to conjecture or hearsay, which is the problem for a lot of biopics. Spotlight, however, delivers the cold hard facts surrounding a terrible ordeal that affected thousands of children from many different decades. The film assembles an incredible cast of dedicated character actors, who flawlessly pull off great performances that stay true to the real life people they are portraying. The standout is Mark Ruffalo, who again proves he is one of Hollywood's most underrated and underused actors.
It's easy to see why a film like this took the top prize at the Oscars. It needed to be told and it needed to be told right, much like the news article itself. It's disgusting that trusted religious figures are allowed to abuse their authority without persecution, and worst of all that it happens to children. This is a perversion that must be stopped at all cost and the first step to stopping it is broadcasting it. This film is one of the most important films of the decade in that respect.