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After ‘Spotlight’ Takes Best Picture Oscar, Producer Delivers Stern Message to Pope Francis From the Stage

LOS ANGELES (TheBlaze/AP) — In an underdog win for a movie about an underdog profession, the newspaper drama “Spotlight” took Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, where remarks on lack of diversity in Hollywood dominated proceedings.

Tom McCarthy’s film about the Boston Globe’s investigative reporting on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests won over the favored frontier epic “The Revenant.” The well-crafted procedural, led by a strong ensemble cast, had lagged in the lead-up to the Oscars, losing ground to the flashier filmmaking of Alejando González Iñárritu’s film.

But “Spotlight” — an ode to the hard-nose, methodical work of a journalism increasingly seldom practiced — took the night’s top honor despite winning only one other Oscar for McCarthy and Josh Singer’s screenplay. Such a sparsely-awarded best picture winner hasn’t happened since 1952′s “The Greatest Show On Earth.”

“This film gave a voice to survivors, and this award amplifies that voice, a choir that should resonate all the way to the Vatican, ” producer Michael Sugar said during his acceptance speech. ”Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith.”

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