To say that it’s been a whirlwind week for the cast and crew of this year’s Best Picture Oscar-winning film Spotlight would be an understatement. Since the Barneys and Vanity Fair-hosted dinner celebrating the film last week, things have only picked up for those involved with the project.
At the end of last week, one of the film’s co-stars, Mark Ruffalo, led a group of celebrities and activists on a tour of urban oil drilling sites in low-income and minority neighborhoods around Los Angeles. Benefiting Hollywood United for a Healthy California, Ruffalo was joined by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Rashida Jones. The tour hoped to bring attention the economic injustice and environmental dangers of urban drilling and so a documentary short film he produced, Dear Governor Brown, which criticizes the drilling policies of the California governor.
The weekend got off to a great start, with Spotlight’s international release in Hong Kong. Then on Sunday, prior to hitting the Oscars red carpet, Spotlight’s director and screenwriter, Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer, along with Ruffalo, attended a sexual assault protest outside a cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. They stood with members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, calling for the names of pedophile priests to be released. Given that the film focuses on the team of reporters who broke the Catholic church’s sexual assault scandal in Boston, it was a cause that struck close to home for the team.
From there, it was on to the big night, where Spotlight took home both the night’s top prize, winning this year’s Best Picture award, and the statue for Best Original Screenplay. But even there the action doesn’t stop. In the days following the ceremony, it was also announced that one of the film’s other stars, actor Brian d’Arcy James, has been cast in another new project: a pilot with CBS entitled Superior Donuts. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the comedy follows D’Arcy James’ character as he attempts to run a donut shop in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood.
Scroll on for a closer look at all the amazing achievements of the cast and crew from the past week, and please join us in offering congratulations to this talented bunch.