Since I’ve started this blog and started these top five lists, I noticed that I started a trend. When it comes to my #2 film of the year, I always pick the film that stands the best chance at winning the Oscar for Best Picture, even though my track record at predicting the Best Picture winner isn’t exactly the best. Anyway, my #2 movie of the year is an extraordinary piece of work based on an extraordinary venture in truth-telling and insight. Spotlight has everything you could ask for in one of the year’s best films.
Synopsis: Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning investigation, Spotlight follows a team of investigative reporters at the Boston Globe who uncover a scandal of earth-shattering proportions involving child-molestation and how the Boston Catholic Archdiocese has covered-up the actions of their clergymen for decades.
Director: Tom McCarthy
Screenwriter: Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer
Cast: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Brian d’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci, Billy Cudrup
Crew: Howard Shore (score), Masanobu Takanayagi (cinematography), Tom McArdle (editing), Stephen H. Carter (production design), Michaela Shayne (art direction), Shane Vieau (set decoration), Wendy Chuck (costume design)