Oscars: Mark Ruffalo Joins Sexual Abuse Protest Outside Los Angeles Cathedral

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'Spotlight' director Tom McCarthy and screenwriter Josh Singer also took part.

Hours before the 88th Oscars were set to start on Sunday, the Spotlight team of actor Mark Ruffalo, director/co-writer Tom McCarthy and co-writer Josh Singer joined a protest outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. They stood with members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, calling for the names of pedophile priests to be released.

Ruffalo confirmed on Twitter that he participated in the protest, tweeting, "Standing with the survivors of Priest sexual abuse!" 

Spotlight follows the Boston Globe investigative journalists who uncovered the Catholic church scandal of priests involved with child molestation. The film has earned Ruffalo an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor as well as five other mentions, including for best picture, best director and best original screenplay. On Saturday, it took home five trophies at Film Independent's Spirit Awards, including best feature.

SNAP is also hosting a viewing party for the Oscars at the Next Door Lounge, located at 1154 North Highland Ave. in Hollywood.