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‘Spotlight’ Oscar Winner Tom McCarthy Honored by San Francisco Film Festival

13 April 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The San Francisco Film Society has selected “Spotlight” writer-director Tom McCarthy as the recipient of the 2016 Kanbar Award for excellence in storytelling.

The tribute, to be presented during the San Francisco Film Festival’s awards night on April 25, will acknowledge McCarthy’s “exceptional mastery” of character-driven plots that bring audiences along on the psychological journeys of his heroes and antiheroes.

He will also be honored at “An Evening With Tom McCarthy” on April 26 at Bampfa in Berkeley. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from his screenwriting and directing career will be followed by a screening of 2003’s “The Station Agent.”

“‘Spotlight’ won Best Picture at the Academy Awards this past year for many reasons, but its precise script, filled with perfectly conceived characters, inarguably set the tone and provided the heart and soul of the film,” said Noah Cowan, executive director of the San Francisco Film Society.

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- Dave McNary

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'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Tom McCarthy ('Spotlight')

19 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"In the past month, what we've seen is how it's started to cross over and how it's really started to have a social impact," Tom McCarthy says of Spotlight — the fifth film he wrote and directed, after 2003's The Station Agent, 2008's The Visitor, 2011's Win Win and 2014's The Cobbler — as we sit down to record an episode of the 'Awards Chatter' podcast. Indeed, the drama about the Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal in Boston has been screened for the Pope's Vatican commission on church misconduct; it has been screened

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- Scott Feinberg

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2016 Oscar Previews: Part 2

9 February 2016 7:09 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.

Best Actor Nominees

Bryan Cranston - as Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo

Age: 59

Previously Best Known For:

Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.

Matt Damon - as Mark Watney, The Martian

Age: 45

Previously Best Known For:

Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting

Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting

Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus

Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.

Leonardo DiCaprio - as Hugh Glass, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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“That Is The Biggest Rescue In Hollywood History”: Screenwriters Talk How The Pilot For 'Game Of Thrones' Was Saved

4 February 2016 7:05 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There's still a few months to go before the sixth season of "Game Of Thrones" arrives, but before HBO's fantasy series was a worldwide phenomenon, it was just another pilot that could. And what you may not know is that "Spotlight" and "Win Win" director Tom McCarthy was tasked with filming it. The writer/director who generally specializes in intimate character dramas doesn't seem like the most obvious choice for George R.R. Martin's material, and back in 2011 in an interview with Av Club, he's the first to admit he wasn't the right fit.  "I just didn’t feel connected to it," he said, and the process in general left him pretty disenchanted about working in television again. "I think there are some really good TV directors, but that is a writers’ medium and a studio’s medium. There was a good learning curve on that, but I don’t »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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“That Is The Biggest Rescue In Hollywood History”: Screenwriters Talk How The Pilot For 'Game Of Thrones' Was Saved

4 February 2016 7:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There's still a few months to go before the sixth season of "Game Of Thrones" arrives, but before HBO's fantasy series was a worldwide phenomenon, it was just another pilot that could. And what you may not know is that "Spotlight" and "Win Win" director Tom McCarthy was tasked with filming it. The writer/director who generally specializes in intimate character dramas doesn't seem like the most obvious choice for George R.R. Martin's material, and back in 2011 in an interview with Av Club, he's the first to admit he wasn't the right fit.  "I just didn’t feel connected to it," he said, and the process in general left him pretty disenchanted about working in television again. "I think there are some really good TV directors, but that is a writers’ medium and a studio’s medium. There was a good learning curve on that, but I don’t »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Spotlight review

28 January 2016 10:50 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Superb performances are at the heart of one of the Oscar frontrunners, Spotlight. Here's our review...

Films sometimes have odd ways of depicting how journalism works, either overestimating the glamour or underestimating the actual effort, depending on whether the representation is positive or negative. In real life, good journalists don't make themselves the story, and so it goes in Spotlight.

You might not expect a more full and frank procedural approach from a film that's been garlanded with awards nominations for the last few months, but you might expect it of director Tom McCarthy, who previously gave us Win Win and The Station Agent. For better or worse, his latest truly has no frills, instead zeroing in on the nitty-gritty of how a major true story was reported.

The Boston Globe is a local paper through and through - most of the newsroom staff, including editors Walter »

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