Best Picture Nominee Spotlight has picked up the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for screenwriters Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, becoming the first of tonight’s Best Picture nominees to clock a win. It bested stiff competition in the category, including Ex Machina, Straight Outta Compton, Inside Out, and fellow Best Picture nominee Bridge of Spies.
Directed by Tom McCarthy, Spotlight follows the intrepid reporters of the eponymous Boston Globe investigate team who broke the scandal of widespread sexual abuse within and the subsequent massive cover-up by the Catholic Church. “We made this film for all the journalists who have and continue to hold the powerful accountable and for the survivors whose courage and will to overcome is really an inspiration to all,” McCarthy said in his acceptance speech. “We have to do, make sure this never happens again.”
Spotlight stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, and Stanley Tucci. Spotlight is up for 6 Oscars tonight, including Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Supporting Actress for Rachel McAdams.