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'Spotlight' Wins First LA Press Club Film Award

Best Picture Oscar nominee Spotlight is the recipient of the Los Angeles Press Club’s inaugural Veritas Award, given to a film based on or inspired by real events and people. The award, judged and voted on by LAPC membership, will be presented February 25 at the Steve Allen Theatre in L.A., with the Boston Globe‘s original Spotlight team of Sacha Pfeiffer, Ben Bradlee Jr. and Mike Rezendes expected among the guests.

The pic, directed by Tom McCarthy and written by McCarthy and Josh Singer, follows the Globe‘s investigative team as it uncovers the child abuse scandal and cover-up within the Boston Catholic Archdiocese. It’s up for six Oscars.

LA-Press-Club-Logo“It seems only fitting our members would choose Spotlight for our inaugural Vertitas Award—a film based on an explosive piece of investigative journalism that explores the process to get it to print,” said LA Press Club president Robert Kovacik, an anchor/reporter at KNBC.

Said the Spotlight filmmakers in a statement: “We are honored and thrilled to have received the inaugural Veritas Award from the LA Press Club — especially given that it’s been such a great year for films based on true stories. Of course, any award from the LA Press Club is an honor, as the club has been supporting, promoting and defending journalism in Southern California for over a century. And we’re thrilled that they choose to award a film that celebrates incredible journalism. With the challenges the profession has confronted in this century, we hope this award helps to increase awareness of the need for local investigative journalism here in Southern California, around the country and around the world.”