Director Tom McCarthy’s 2015 film, Spotlight is based on a true story that saw a team of Boston Globe journalists (Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian d’Arcy James and John Slattery) investigate child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. The abuse was covered up for decades and only came to the fore when a new editor (Liev Schreiber) took charge of the paper and decided to look into the local rumblings with fresh eyes. It seemed everyone in Boston had heard the rumours but chose not to listen due to the power and influence that the Catholic Church had across the city.
Spotlight comes stacked with stellar performances from its ensemble cast. Everyone brings their A-game to the table, but nobody tries to steal the …ahem…spotlight by grandstanding. The closest the film gets to a grand performance piece is a speech by Mark Ruffalo which helps to spur the team on when things get tough. However, even this is played with a subtlety that doesn’t betray the film’s low key realism. It’s not just the main cast which impresses – Spotlight also has an impressive array of supporting actors who bring much to their roles and Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup are both great as two very different lawyers representing the victims.
Nominated for six Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor , Best Supporting Actress , Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing), Spotlight won awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.
Budgeted at $20 million, Spotlight grossed $45 million at the North American box office and almost $99 million worldwide following its release in 2015.