For the first time in her career, Canadian actress Rachel McAdams has been nominated for an Oscar.
McAdams is nominated for best supporting actress for her work in Spotlight, a movie about The Boston Globe‘s “spotlight” team. In the film, the investigative journalists look into widespread child sexual abuse cases purportedly committed by a priest in and around the city.
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McAdams’s character, journalist Sacha Pfeiffer, is based on a real person of the same name, and the Canadian star spent time with her to make sure she got the role down pat.
“[Sacha] was so generous with her time,” she said to The Toronto Sun. “You never felt like any question was a dumb question. It was funny because they’re so used to asking other people questions and she would turn it around on me and I was like, ‘Wait a minute, this movie is about you.'”
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McAdams recalls hearing about some abuse allegations when she was younger and felt “confused and baffled” such a thing could happen, especially to kids.
“I think [Spotlight] is a story that you can’t really hear enough,” she said to the Sun. “It’s easy to forget these things. I think for the investigative reporting side of it, it’s really a dying art to take years to bring together. They’re not glamorous.”
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