The LA Press Club awarded its first ever Veritas Award to Spotlight. The new award is judged by members of the LA Press club and is based equally upon fidelity of subject matter and artistic excellence and hopefully will become a longstanding tradition. The clear-cut winner for 2015, determined by a membership vote, is Spotlight written by Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy and directed by McCarthy. Bridge of Spies was voted runner-up.

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Adam McKay’s brilliant film about the financial crisis of 2008 is hugely enjoyable as a satirical comedic drama. Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrel and Christian Bale have won rave reviews for their performances and the film, which won the PGA Award, could win Best Picture come February 28.

The Big Short picked up five Oscar nominations including Best Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay. Revisit Sasha’s original review of The Big Short, The Case For The Big Short and a piece from The Guardian as to why the film should win Best Picture.

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The highest scorers went to these three, with 16 correct predictions:

Alex Kirichenko
Hector Delgado, Jr.
Misael Tovar

Please send an email to awardsdaily at to claim your prize! Runners-up with 15:

Daniele Giovannoli
Nicholas Chung
Damian Pietrzak
Velimir Petkov
Atif Mir Hussain
Jorge Arce

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I myself can’t give any reason why The Big Short SHOULD win Best Picture. I could probably give good reasons why The Revenant and Spotlight should. But I remember an Academy member once telling me how he chose films to win Best Picture. He said, simply, it’s the best picture. That’s how I feel about The Big Short. It’s just the best picture.


The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team are the investigative journalists who uncovered the stunning story of widespread sexual abuse by members of the clergy in the Catholic Church.

Director Tom McCarthy and writer Josh Singer spent hours talking to the actual members of the Spotlight team as they pieced the story together for the film. In the second installment of Through The Lens… I sat down with Singer to talk about three key scenes in the film. Singer discusses the challenges he faced, in terms of themes and narrative structure, as he narrates us through these moments and talks about the integral importance of each scene.

Spotlight is nominated for six Oscars including Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture.

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