‘Spotlight’ wins the Academy Award for Best Picture

In an upset, “Spotlight” won the Academy Award for Best Picture on Sunday night. The movie tells the story of The Boston Globe journalists who broke the story of widespread sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the area. “Spotlight” also won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, while The Boston Globe won the Pulitzer Prize for the story behind the movie in 2003. Director Tom McCarthy said in his acceptance speech: “Good journalism is an essential element of our democracy. We have to do what we can to protect it.

+ How news organizations covered diversity at the Oscars: The Los Angeles Times prioritized following #OscarsSoWhite, while The New York Times updated a 2012 report showing the Academy was largely male and white and finds little has changed (Poynter)