“Spotlight” won the top honor at last night’s 88th Annual Academy Awards from Los Angeles named as “Best Picture”. The film also won for Best Screenplay. The critically acclaimed film details the compelling story of how a small group of Boston Globe journalists uncovered the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in Boston in 2001.
The determined, precise and unrelenting investigative reporting by the newspaper’s “Spotlight” unit ultimately revealed a devastating truth that the ongoing knowledge of the scandal as it took place, and it’s cover-up, had reached the highest echelons of the Catholic Church in Boston.
On the way to Oscar gold, a special red carpet screening of the film was held in Boston last November. Among those on hand to meet with members of the media were actors Mark Ruffalo and Brian d’Arcy James who play Spotlight reporters Mike Rezendes and Matt Carroll. However, adding a truly realistic cachet to the evening was also the attendance of the real life Boston Globe Spotlight unit journalists who broke the story; Michael Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, Matt Carroll, Walter “Robby” Robinson and their editorial superiors at the time, Marty Baron and Ben Bradlee Jr.
Entertainment / feature reporter and film critic Tim Estiloz was among the broadcast media on the red carpet asking questions of the stars and the real life journalists about the film, their participation in the filmmaking process and the film’s highly accurate depiction of investigative journalism at it’s finest.
The reporters said they were highly impressed by the attention to detail in the film, not only in its retelling the story of how the scandal had devastated its multitude of victims, but also, the film’s accurate depiction of the meticulous, yet often mundane, process of investigative newspaper reporting. The process is especially resonant at a time when readership of newspapers is gradually dwindling in a fast-paced internet news age. Spotlight proves slow yet determined “old school” newspaper reporting can often yield news of immense proportions, significance and impact.
The red carpet in Boston was only the beginning for the film, which eventually led to the ultimate red carpet and a win on Oscar night in Hollywood.