By Philip Lawler on Catholic Culture
– Spotlight has won the Oscar for Best Picture of 2015.
– The Oscar is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
– Spotlight is the story of how, in 2002, the Boston Globe exposed sexual abuse of children in the Boston archdiocese.
– For that same year, 2002, the Oscar for Best Director went to Roman Polanski.
– But Polanski wasn’t present to receive the Oscar, because he fled the US in 1978, to avoid sentencing after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child.
– When Polanski was announced as the Oscar winner, the AMPA gave him a standing ovation in absentia. The same organization has now honored Spotlight for its courageous exposure of sexual abuse.
You might call that irony, or you might call it hypocrisy. Spotlight is a very good movie, but it tells only part of the real story.