Spirit Awards: 'Spotlight' Wins Best Screenplay

The awards were handed out Saturday on the beach in Santa Monica.

Spotlight was named best screenplay at the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

Screenwriters Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer beat out Charlie Kaufman (Anomalisa), Donald Margulies (The End of the Tour), Phyllis Nagy (Carol) and S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk).

During the acceptance speech, McCarthy thanked the film's real-life subjects, inviting the Boston Globe reporters to stand and receive the audience's applause. "Every bit of inspiration from the movie was really taken from their hard work; it really guided us aesthetically in so many ways," said McCarthy. Singer added his thanks to a survivor who helped break the actual story of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The awards were handed out in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica during a ceremony hosted by Silicon Valley's Kumail Nanjiani and Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon.

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