April 21, 2021

Spotlight: a surefire Oscar contender

Although the award-winning movie Doubt delved into the topic of one priest’s pedophilia, director and co-screenwriter Tom McCarthy looks at the bigger picture with Spotlight, a film based on a true story set in the very Catholic city of Boston.

The movie-goer is introduced to an investigative team at the Boston Globe called Spotlight which is digging into the story about decades-long priest abuse of minors and more shocking, the cover-up by the Catholic diocese. The news story coverage went on to win a Pulitzer prize in 2003 for the paper.

Michael Keaton, Brian d’Arcy James, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo portray Spotlight team members; John Slattery and Liev Schreiber are part of the newspaper management and Stanley Tucci plays a dogged lawyer representing victims. Broadway legend Len Cariou is cast as Cardinal Law.

The acting is remarkable, the dialogue crisp and the film creates a tension that keeps building until the final scenes. I was reminded of Alan J. Pakula’s equally fine film,  All the President’s Men.

Spotlight is sure to garner some Oscar nominations, so put it on your list of must-sees.

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