Critics Keep Showering Spotlight with Awards

But will it win an Oscar?

Photo by Kerry Hayes / Open Road Films

Photo by Kerry Hayes / Open Road Films

Spotlight is getting a lot of love from critics leading into the 2016 awards season.

The film, based on the Boston Globe‘s investigation into the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal, was named the Best Picture of 2015 by the Boston Society of Film Critics on Sunday. In addition to the top prize, the BSFC also picked Spotlight for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Screenplay.

It’s no surprise that local critics are getting behind this Boston-based flick, but movie aficionados from across the country are also singing the film’s praises.

Spotlight earned Best Picture and Best Screenplay nods from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association over the weekend, while Michael Keaton, who plays Globe editor Walter Robinson, was recently chosen for Best Actor by the New York Film Critics Circle.

Last month, the film earned both the Best Feature and Best Screenplay honors at the 2015 Gotham Independent Film Awards.

As Spotlight continues to dominate on the regional awards circuit, it will be interesting to see if it can keep the momentum going leading into the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

The film will definitely have some heavy competition at both major shows thanks to a few highly anticipated winter releases.

Expect The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, to give Spotlight a run for its money as director Alejandro González Iñárritu looks to add another Best Picture Oscar to his collection after taking home the coveted honor at last year’s show with Birdman (which also happened to star Michael Keaton).

Another top contender should be Carol, Todd Hayes’ romantic drama starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, which took home the prize for Best Film at this year’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Plus, who could forget Matt Damon’s critically acclaimed space thriller The Martian and Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass.

The first step for Spotlight to have a big awards season starts December 10 when the nominations are announced for the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards will be announced January 14.

After receiving so much love from critics in major cities around the U.S., Spotlight should be poised to have a huge 2016.