The academy has spoken and the 2016 Oscar for Best Picture officially goes to Spotlight!
The movie, based on the true story of a team of journalists at The Boston Globe who investigated the widespread child sex abuse scandal and coverup by the Catholic church in the Boston, beat out the likes of The Big Short, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Room.
Leading up to the ceremony, Oscar pundits had divvied up the best picture frontrunner status between Spotlight, The Big Short and The Revenant, so Spotlight picking up the big prize of the isn’t THAT surprising (but it was still a little shocking). The Revenant won big at Golden Globes and BAFTA, while The Big Short won best picture at the Producer’s Guild Awards.
“This film gave a voice to survivors,” said producer Michael Sugar while accepting the Oscar with the fellow producers Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust.
— ABC Network (@ABCNetwork) February 29, 2016