Three reasons why ‘Spotlight’ walked away with the Oscar for best picture

Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

It was a year of two films. Until it wasn’t.

It was a year of small but well-placed surprises, right up to the end.

It was the year “Spotlight,” the third film on everyone’s list of top three finishers, came from behind and walked off with the best picture trophy.

An impeccable ensemble picture that polished classic Hollywood virtues to a splendid shine, “Spotlight” won the first Oscar of the night, for original screenplay, and then had to wait three-plus hours for another trip to the stage.

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