And now we get to the last best picture nominee, and the only film that could steal the Best Picture nominee from The Revenant. Based on a true story, Spotlight is a compelling journalistic drama about the team of journalists who helped expose the Catholic Church’s cover up of priests molesting children. Warning: this film will make you angry.
The title refers to the Spotlight team, a small group of journalists who work on the investigative articles. Led by Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), this small team spends months investigating specific subjects for the Boston Globe. New editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) assigns them to investigate a story of a Priest accused of molesting children from place to place. Joined by fellow Spotlight investigators Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James), Robinson go into this assignment expecting an article about one priest being moved from place to place. That is until prosecuting attorney Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci) accuses Cardinal Law of knowing and covering up for the priest. Soon they find out there’s more than one priest they’re covering up. What begins as a simple assignment becomes months of investigations to know the full extension of the cover up.