Oscar®- winner, Josh Singer, arrives with guest at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Photo by Sara Wood / ©A.M.P.A.S.
Oscar®- winner, Josh Singer, arrives with guest at The 88th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Photo by Sara Wood / ©A.M.P.A.S.

The Oscar winners for their original screenplay for “Spotlight,” which tells the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered child sex abuse within the Catholic Church, said Sunday night they are still fighting to protect youngsters from abuse.

Josh Singer told the reporters assembled backstage, “We actually spent the morning down at the Cathedral (of Our Lady of the Angels) … protesting with 20 or 30 SNAP folks.”

Members of SNAP, which stands for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, helped the Boston Globe investigative reporting team expose the story of child abuse by Catholic priests and the subsequent cover-up.

“We think that there needs to be more accountability for bishops … we hope that (the movie and the win) will spur them to do this,” Singer said.

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Tom McCarthy, who was also nominated for directing “Spotlight,” praised journalists for their work.

“What hardworking, curious and committed professionals these people are,” McCarthy said. “For us it feels more like a social calling than a job.”

McCarthy, who is also a working actor and played a Baltimore Sun reporter on the long-running HBO show “The Wire,” said the screenwriting duo failed to thank the Boston-newspaper when picking up their statuettes.

“We probably should have,” the director-screenwriter said, adding that the Globe opened its doors wide to the film and was “incredibly helpful.”

Singer and McCarthy said they grew close to reporters and survivors alike during filming.

Asked what message they have for survivors of abuse, McCarthy said, “We hear you, you’re not alone …. come out … speak out … and save lives. Inside and outside of the Catholic church, we’ve got to do everything we can to protect the children.”

–City News Service

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