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Under the direction of new editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), the Boston Globe's elite investigative team, known as Spotlight, is tasked with delving into decades' worth of child-abuse claims against the Catholic Church. Led by Walter "Robby" Robinson (Michael Keaton), the journalists begin to uncover a massive scandal involving sexual abuse and the willful ignorance perpetrated by the Church within the city of Boston. Facing political opposition and resistance from the far-reaching influence of the Church, the reporters put together an explosive exposé on a corrupt system. Directed by Tom McCarthy and based on the true events of the 2002 investigation by the Globe, the star-studded Spotlight also features Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, John Slattery, Billy Crudup, and Stanley Tucci. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi

  • Release date:November 6, 2015

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Kerry Barden Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Neal Huff Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Paul Schnee Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Rachel McAdams Best Ensemble 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Rachel McAdams Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Rachel McAdams Best Supporting Actress 2015 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Rachel McAdams Best Ensemble 2015 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rachel McAdams Best Supporting Actress 2015 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve Golin Best Picture 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Steve Golin Best Picture 2015 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Steve Golin Best Picture 2015 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steve Golin Best Picture 2015 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Steve Golin Best Picture 2015 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tom McArdle Best Editing 2015 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom McArdle Best Editing 2015 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tom McArdle Best Editing 2015 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Billy Crudup Best Ensemble 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Billy Crudup Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Billy Crudup Best Ensemble 2015 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Jamey Sheridan Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Liev Schreiber Best Ensemble 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Liev Schreiber Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Liev Schreiber Best Ensemble 2015 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Mark Ruffalo Best Ensemble 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Mark Ruffalo Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Mark Ruffalo Best Ensemble 2015 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Mark Ruffalo Best Supporting Actor 2015 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mark Ruffalo Best Supporting Actor 2015 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Stanley Tucci Best Ensemble 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Stanley Tucci Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Stanley Tucci Best Ensemble 2015 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Michael Keaton Best Ensemble 2015 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Michael Keaton Best Actor 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Michael Keaton Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Michael Keaton Best Ensemble 2015 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tom McCarthy Best Original Screenplay 2015 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Tom McCarthy Best Screenplay 2015 Winner
Writers Guild of America Tom McCarthy Best Original Screenplay 2015 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Tom McCarthy Best Screenplay 2015 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Tom McCarthy Best Picture 2015 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom McCarthy Best Original Screenplay 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tom McCarthy Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tom McCarthy Best Director 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Tom McCarthy Best Screenplay 2015 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Tom McCarthy Best Original Screenplay 2015 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom McCarthy Best Director 2015 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom McCarthy Best Screenplay 2015 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Tom McCarthy Best Original Screenplay 2015 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Tom McCarthy Best Director 2015 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom McCarthy Best Original Screenplay 2015 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom McCarthy Best Director 2015 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tom McCarthy Best Director 2015 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Tom McCarthy Best Screenplay 2015 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Sugar Best Picture 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Michael Sugar Best Picture 2015 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Sugar Best Picture 2015 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Sugar Best Picture 2015 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Michael Sugar Best Picture 2015 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Paul Guilfoyle Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild John Slattery Best Ensemble 2015 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards John Slattery Robert Altman Award 2015 Winner
Screen Actors Guild John Slattery Best Ensemble 2015 Nominee

Cast

Michael Keaton
as Walter 'Robby' Robinson
Mark Ruffalo
as Michael Rezendes
Rachel McAdams
as Sacha Pfeiffer
Liev Schreiber
as Marty Baron
Stanley Tucci
as Mitchell Garabedian
Billy Crudup
as Eric MacLeish
John Slattery
as Ben Bradlee Jr.
Elena Wohl
as Barbara
Gene Amoroso
as Steve Kurkjian
Jamey Sheridan
as Jim Sullivan
Neal Huff
as Phil Saviano
Duane Murray
as Hansi Kalkofen
Paul Guilfoyle
as Pete Conley
Michael Countryman
as Richard Gilman
Martin Roach
as Cop in Coffee Shop
Brad Borbridge
as Sports Editor
Don Allison
as Bishop
Patty Ross
as Linda
Gary Galone
as Jack Dunn
David Fraser
as Jon Albano
Paulette Sinclair
as Receptionist at Judge's Chambers
Laurie Heineman
as Judge Sweeney
Darrin Baker
as Middle Age Priest at St. Peter's
Joe Stapleton
as Older Cop
Maureen Keiller
as Eileen McNamara
Tim Progosh
as Principal Bill Kemeza
Laurie Murdoch
as Wilson Rogers
Paula Barrett
as Jim's Wife
Rob Deleeuw
as Herald Reporter Quimby
Nancy Carroll
as Jane Paquin
Richard O'Rourke
as Ronald Paquin
Len Cariou
as Cardinal Law
Stefanie Drummond
as Sheila
Richard Fitzpatrick
as Rectory Priest
Moira Driscoll
as Woman Interview
Shannon McDonough
as Receptionist
Bruce Serafin
as Boston Globe Security Guard

Crew

Tom McCarthy
Director
Michael Sugar
Producer
Steve Golin
Producer
Tom McCarthy
Screenwriter
Masanobu Takayanagi
Cinematographer
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Mary Ramos
Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom McArdle
Editor
Shane Vieau
Art Director
Michaela Cheyne
Art Director
Kate Churchill
Co-producer
Tom Ortenberg
Executive Producer
Jonathan King
Executive Producer
Bard Dorros
Executive Producer
Xavier Marchand
Executive Producer
Jeff Skoll
Executive Producer
Michael Bederman
Executive Producer
William Cheng
Set Designer
Shane Vieau
Set Decorator
Wendy Chuck
Costume Designer
Vanessa Knoll
Set Decorator
Glen Gauthier
Sound/Sound Designer
Christo Morse
First Assistant Director
Walter Gasparovic
First Assistant Director
Kerry Barden
Casting
Carolyn Pickman
Casting
Jason Knight
Casting
Paul Schnee
Casting
Bobby Beckles
Stunts Coordinator
Penny Charter
Second Assistant Director
Karola Dirnberger
Department Head Hair
Karola Dirnberger
Hair Styles
Karola Dirnberger
Makeup
D.J. Carson
Unit Production Manager
Howard Shore
Music Producer
Kathleen Meade
Costumes Supervisor
Branko Racki
Stunts Coordinator
Heather Gross
Special Effects Editor
Kelley Cribben
Post Production Supervisor
Kelly Shanks
Hair Designer
Annie Tan
Second Assistant Director
Mario Cacioppo
Makeup
Michael Bederman
Unit Production Manager
Spin VFX
Visual Effects
Glen Gauthier
Production Sound Mixer
Paul Hsu
Re-Recording Mixer
Paul Hsu
Supervising Sound Editor
Rocco Larizza
Special Effects Coordinator
Kristina Peterson
Second Assistant Director
Jeffrey Lee Gibson
Stunts Coordinator
Virginia Johnson
Costumes Supervisor
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