Declared the category's tentative front-runner after September's annual film festivals, "Spotlight" took home Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday.
Despite the movie's early momentum, its win came as something of a surprise after "The Revenant" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" collected most of the night's awards. The only other prize "Spotlight" won was Best Original Screenplay.
Directed by Tom McCarthy, "Spotlight" was lauded for its deft portrait of the Boston Globe journalists who uncovered systemic sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The movie's odds of winning escalated after it seized the Screen Actors Guild's top prize, though it faced steep competition in "The Revenant" and "The Big Short."
"Spotlight" topped "The Big Short," "Bridge of Spies," "Brooklyn," "Mad Max: Fury Road," "The Martian," "The Revenant" and "Room" for Best Picture.