‘Spotlight’ Director Tom McCarthy to Receive Palm Springs Film Fest Award

Tom McCarthy Spotlight Director
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Tom McCarthy will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

McCarthy is being recognized for his latest feature, “Spotlight,” starring Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Liev Schreiber. The film, which is an Oscar frontrunner, follows the true story of the Boston Globe’s spotlight division investigating the Catholic Church sex scandal.

“Tom McCarthy’s latest feature is the critically acclaimed ‘Spotlight,’ a remarkable film that creates cinematic tension between two institutions, as The Boston Globe investigates the Catholic Church,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his expert storytelling of this subject matter, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Tom McCarthy with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”

McCarthy will be honored alongside previously announced honorees Brie Larson, Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp and Saoirse Ronan.

The Palm Springs Film Festival runs Jan. 1-11.

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  1. buffalobilly says:

    palm springs film award
    the very phrase is an oxymoron…

  2. The movie is amazing, and the director deserves an award, along with Ruffallo and Tucci at the very least.

    “Spotlight” shows how difficult it is to get the truth out of an organized crime syndicate. A team of Boston journalists worked tirelessly to find out that the Catholic church knowingly was running a massive organized childrape crime syndicate in Boston and around the world back in a time when the Catholic had a powerful influence. It also shows how Catholic followers tried to help the church get away with it.

    Make no mistake, this is a movie about organized crime, featuring the Catholic church, the largest organized childrape crime syndicate in the history of the US, and in BRUTAL defiance of Jesus in Matt 18:6-14, where Jesus said childrape was unforgivable.

    The Catholic church’s organized crime syndicate is worse than Whitey Bulger’s from Black Mass. This movie shows how the Catholic church exhibited the same “code of silence” that the mafia has, without the honor, as they were protecting at least 249 “confessed” pedo-priests in Boston.

    Whitey Bulger killed 20 adults. The creepy pedo-priests in the Catholic church raped over 1,000 children in Boston alone, thanks to at least 249 pedophile priests, hidden and protected by hundreds of other priests, including Cardinal Law. (Only 90 were known at the time of the movie, but credits at the end show 249).

    And the Catholic church hid & protected 100% of their known pedo-priests, worldwide (Matt 18:6-14). Cowardly, rampant, unforgivable evil, in brutal defiance of Jesus, has a name, and it is the Catholic church.

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