Mark Ruffalo Movie ‘Spotlight’ Almost Didn’t Get Made — Now It’s An Oscar Contender

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Jan. 31 2016, Updated 7:49 p.m. ET

When Spotlight won Outstanding Performance By a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild awards Saturday night, Mark Ruffalo said the honor was unexpected — and, as People reported, took a moment to acknowledge those who lived through the events central to the film’s story. Spotlight is about the Boston Globe reporting team that uncovered decades of sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic Church and the Church’s attempts to keep the information hidden.

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“These victims who are dead, and the survivors who are still alive, of one of the most horrific things that our culture has allowed to happen.

“This movie allows them to be seen in a world that has been blind to them. And so it is such an honor to be standing in front of you on behalf of them. And this amazing cast.”

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Michael Keaton, who stars alongside Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup, spoke about those who are “disenfranchised,” and noted the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

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