“Spotlight” picked up best feature as well as the ensemble acting award and best screenplay. This gives the film a nice push as it builds momentum through awards season. Open Road and the filmmakers are stressing the real Boston Globe reporters and editors who inspired the movie. “To get one actor to do one ego-subjugating performance is rare, but to get a whole bunch of actors together to do it is a miracle,” said Mark Ruffalo. “It’s the people we were playing who were selfless… No man is an island and these people proved it.”
The jury selected UK breakout Bel Powley for Best Actress for “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” over Oscar favorite Brie Larson (“Room”). Best Actor winer Paul Dano gains ground in his bid for a supporting actor nod for “Love & Mercy.”
The doc winner, genocide-exposer Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Look of Silence,” a follow-up to Oscar-nominated “The Act of Killing,” is going to continue to get attention going forward in a crowded field of contenders.