'Spotlight' Wins Los Angeles Press Club's Veritas Award

Spotlight Still - H 2016
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Spotlight Still - H 2016

'Bridge of Spies' was the runner-up for the honor.

Spotlight has nabbed the Los Angeles Press Club's first Veritas Award.

The honor is meant to acknowledge the best film based on or inspired by real events and people. The new award is judged by members of the LAPC, based on fidelity of subject matter and artistic excellence. 

Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy wrote the script based on the true story of how the Boston Globe's investigative team uncovered the massive child-molestation scandal and cover-up within the Boston Catholic Archdiocese. McCarthy also directed the film, which starred Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo.

"It seems only fitting our members would choose Spotlight for our inaugural Veritas Award — a film based on an explosive piece of investigative journalism that explores the process to get it to print," Robert Kovacik, LAPC president and anchor at NBC4 Southern California, said Thursday in a statement.  

The new award was determined by a vote among the members of the LAPC.

Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies was the runner-up for the prize.