Oscars: Mark Ruffalo joins sexual abuse protest outside Los Angeles cathedral

Is This the Year Mark Ruffalo Finally Takes Home His First Oscar?
Is This the Year Mark Ruffalo Finally Takes Home His First Oscar?

Hours before the 88th Oscars were set to start, the Spotlight team of actor Mark Ruffalo, director-cowriter 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, outside the cathedral calling for the names of pedophile priests to be released.

Ruffalo confirmed on Twitter on 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 nominations, including 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, at 1154 North Highland Avenue, in Hollywood.

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