‘Spotlight’’s Oscar win for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards once again extolled the virtues of telling a good story.
Up against films such as ‘Carol’ and “The Revenant,’ whose casts featured the impeccable Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and Oscar-winning Leonardo DiCaprio respectively, ‘Spotlight’ hung its hat on the acting talent of Michael Keaton, who for the second consecutive year, anchored the cast for the year’s Best Picture.
With a supporting cast that featured the accomplished talents of Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, and John Slattery, Keaton’s role as Robby Robinson elevated the film to the gold-statue standard. Based on a true story and set in Boston, it is Robby Robinson’s involvement as an investigative reporter for the Boston Globe that eventually exposed the Catholic church’s long-standing history and widespread practice of covering up child molestation within the church.
‘Spotlight’ also took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy. McCarthy also directed the film.
Hampered by an initial release in only five theaters, and a very slow escalation in distribution, ‘Spotlight’ eventually worked its way up to a peak high showing in 1,089 theaters. Grossing just over $63 million worldwide, ‘Spotlight’’s win will surely increase the film’s buzz in the DVD and streaming rental market.