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Spotlight, Big Short win screenplay Oscars

Monday, Feb 29, 2016,11:52 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Los Angeles | Real-life inspired dramas Spotlight and Big Short won the best original and adapted screenplay Oscars at the 88th Academy Awards here. The Tom McCarthy-directed drama, about Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of child sex abuse by Catholic priests, won Josh Singer and McCarthy trophies in the original screenplay category.

The film, featuring a stellar ensemble cast of Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, John Slattery, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci, and Billy Crudup, revolves around the investigative team of Boston Globe reporters who relentlessly pursue the story even as they get constantly stalled by those in power.

Big Short, a biographical drama, is based on the non-fiction 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis about the financial crisis of 20072008 that was triggered by the build-up of the housing market and the credit bubble.

Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt, the film revolves around a group of traders who realise that they can benefit from the upcoming economic slum by creating a credit default swap market against the housing market. Adam McKay and Charles Randolph took home the best adapted screenplay Oscar for their adaptation of the book by Lewis.