Child sex abuse drama wins Oscar for Best Film

Victory celebrations

One of the producers of Spotlight, which won the Oscar for best picture at yesterday's Academy Awards, used his acceptance speech to call on Pope Francis and the Vatican to protect children from abuse and “restore the faith.”

- The Catholic Herald

Spotlight, which tells the story of The Boston Globe's investigation into the cover-up of clerical abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston, also won the award for best original screenplay at the ceremony at the Dolby Theatre, in Hollywood.

In his acceptance speech, producer Michael Sugar said that Spotlight “gave a voice to survivors (of abuse)”.

“This Oscar amplifies that voice,” he said. “We hope it will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith.”

After picking up the Oscar for best original screenplay, Spotlight’s director, Tom McCarthy, who co-wrote the script with Josh Singer, said the film had been made for “the journalists who have and continue to hold the powerful accountable”, as well as survivors of abuse “whose courage and will to overcome is really an inspiration”.

“We have to make sure this never happens again,” he added.

Marie Collins, an abuse survivor who is a member of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, tweeted that she “delighted” to see Spotlight win the best picture award.

In an interview with The Catholic Herald in January, Ms McCarthy said he did not want Spotlight to “sensationalise” the subject of clerical abuse or demonise the Church.

“It’s a sensitive issue and part of our approach was to not sensationalise or be gratuitous,” she said.

Photo: Tom McCarthy, Rachel McAdams and other members of Spotlight's cast and production team celebrate after accepting the award for best picture at the Oscars (AP)

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Oscar-winner calls on Pope to ‘protect children and restore the faith’ (The Catholic Herald)

Spotlight wins Oscar for best picture (AP/Crux)

Spotlight takes top award at Oscars (The Tablet)

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