That is my 100% honest and complete reaction to this film. This director, the cast, the writers, every component of this film satisfied the extremely tall order of delivering the true story of the sex abuse scandal in the Boston Archdiocese.
Reminiscent of All the President’s Men, Spotlight follows the year-long investigation into the Catholic Church and the protection of almost a hundred priests. The film offers an objective view of the investigators, the victims, and even of those who tried for so long to protect the Church. The report by the Boston Globe opened up further investigations across the world and started a tidal wave of suspicion within and against established religion.
Heavy stuff, right? But, Spotlight doesn’t play out like a documentary. On the contrary, I found myself gripping the edge of my seat, desperate for the next twist of the story. The flawless acting of Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, and Mark Ruffalo often made me forget that I was actually sitting in my small apartment watching on a forty-inch screen, not in the room exposing scandals with the rest of the team.
This was a universally loved film by the Queens and the nomination was well-deserved. Queen B would not be the least bit shocked or disappointed if Spotlight takes home the Oscar for Best Picture.
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Achievement in Directing
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Best Achievement in Film Editing