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Cardinal O’Malley says ‘Spotlight’ is an ‘important film’

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

By Globe Staff 

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley has seen “Spotlight,” the movie about the Boston Globe’s investigation into clergy sex abuse that has been nominated for six Academy Awards, and considers it an important movie, a spokesman said.

“The Cardinal found it a very powerful and important film,” archdiocese spokesman Terry Donilon said. He said the cardinal saw the film before Christmas.

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The Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning. “Spotlight” was nominated for best picture, director (Tom McCarthy), original screenplay, editing, and supporting performances by Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams.

In October, when the film was first released, O’Malley issued a statement saying that the film “depicts a very painful time in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States and particularly here in the Archdiocese of Boston.”

“We have asked for and continue to ask for forgiveness from all those harmed by the crimes of the abuse of minors. ... The Archdiocese of Boston is fully and completely committed to zero tolerance concerning the abuse of minors,” he said.

O’Malley was appointed to the post in 2003 after the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law amid public outrage over the sex abuse scandal.