Newspaper drama Spotlight takes best picture Oscar

Tom Hinde

In an underdog win for a movie about an underdog profession, the newspaper drama Spotlight took the best picture Oscar last night at the 88th Academy Awards. The frontier epic The Revenant had been favored to win. But Spotlight, an ode to the hard-nose, methodical work of journalism took the night's top honor despite winning only one other Oscar for screenplay. Such a sparsely awarded best picture winner hasn't happened since 1952's The Greatest Show On Earth. The Tom McCarthy film chronicled the Boston Globe's investigative reporting on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.