Morgan Freeman presented the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture to the team behind the film about The Boston Globe's investigative series on Catholic priests and molestation. The film also won the night's Best Original Screenplay award.
"This film gave a voice to survivors," producer Michael Sugar said while accepting the award. "As this Oscar amplifies that voice which we all will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it's time to protect the children and restore the faith."
Producer Blye Pagon Faust added, "We would not be here today without the heroic efforts of our reporters. Not only do they effect global change, but they absolutely show us the necessity for investigative journalism."
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Spotlight beat out The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenantand Room.
Last year, Birdman, directed by The Revenant's Alejandro G. Iñárritu (who won a second consecutive Best Director award this year), took home the evening's top prize.
The 88th annual Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, were presented live on ABC from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.