"Spotlight" a Real Win for Boston
March 18, 2016
Sometimes an Oscar win for Best Picture is cause for celebration beyond Hollywood, not just limited to those individuals involved in making the movie. Such is the case with, “Spotlight,” the now Academy Award-winning film about the Boston Globe’s investigation into the city’s clergy sex abuse scandal.
The headlines first appeared over 15 years ago, and many of the abuses themselves go back for decades, even 40 to 50 years ago. So it’s easy to imagine public attention to what these innocent, young victims endured might easily have begun to fade. The film and its attendant publicity assures it won’t, re-focusing attention where it belongs - on the continuing struggles of survivors, many of whom carry lifelong scars. They continue to need support, if only to know they’ve been heard, and will not be forgotten.
The publicity may also bolster the resolve of victims to continue to speak out and to advocate for themselves. As “Spotlight” producer Michael Sugar said in accepting the Oscar, “This film gave a voice to survivors, and this award amplifies that voice.” Hopefully, the arms that were raised in celebration on a stage in L.A. will also, by extension, uplift and encourage all of those for whom this story was anything but a movie.