Oscars nominations: A splendid six (Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for Mark Ruffalo, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for Rachel McAdams, Best Achievement in Directing for Tom McCarthy, Best Writing, Original Screenplay, and Best Achievement in Film Editing)
Synopsis: A new editor Marty starts work at the Boston Globe. He catches wind of an issue that seems oddly evaded by the local newspaper, a string of child abuse cases against Catholic priests. He orders his apprehensive team of expert investigative journalists called Spotlight to dig up the truth about the situation. All of the team are more or less part of Boston’s largely Catholic society and find that they have to bump heads along the way to get to the real truth about an entire city that covered up clerical abuses, from bishops to police to the legal system.
How many Oscars is it going to win: Spotlight has an excellent chance at being the upset this Oscar season; it could steal the Best Picture award from The Revenant because it is a good movie about a very important subject matter. It could also bag the Original Screenplay Award, and directing award, which would mean two Oscars for Tom McCarthy. The other awards have better contenders meaning that Spotlight will lose out the Film Editing to Mad Max: Fury Road. Mark Ruffalo was excellent, made a huge impact in an ensemble of good actors, but everyone is loving Sylvester Stallone’s comeback story with the latest Rocky installment Creed. Rachel McAdams was less memorable and she is up against two women who should have been nominated for the Lead Actress Awards, namely Rooney Mara for Carol and Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl.
Will you enjoy this contender: Enjoyment is not the word for Spotlight, you will be moved, a little inspired, greatly saddened (especially if you are Catholic), and often angered by this story. As a film it feels a little long despite only being two hours in length and is not special in terms of filmmaking on an aesthetic level. It is really the story that packs the punch and is one of the more watchable movies about journalism in a while because the subject matter is so gripping and full of drama. It does miss out some of the hues of the stories that can be better filled out by other films that deal with the subject like Doubt. The movie takes a very straightforward moral stance, which I admire from a humanitarian perspective but not impressed by from an artistic perspective. Watch the film and be prepared for an emotional journey because this subject in particular needs to be brought out more into the bright of day in a religious society like ours.