In January, actress Rachel McAdams brought The Boston Globe reporter Sacha Pfeiffer, who McAdams portrayed in Spotlight, to the Golden Globes. On Saturday, Pfeiffer and the Globe will return the gesture.
Along with McAdams, Spotlight actor Mark Ruffalo, director Tom McCarthy, and screenwriter Josh Singer will attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Saturday as guests of the Globe — along with the 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight team of Walter Robinson, Mike Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer, Matt Carroll, and Ben Bradlee Jr.
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which was first held in 1920, is mostly known to contemporary audiences for comedians roasting the president, the president roasting fellow politicians, and politicians roasting the reporters who cover them. But just like the Oscars, the dinner does give out awards, and just like Spotlight, the Globe is bringing home the hardware: Globe reporter Matt Viser will be awarded the 2016 Merriman Smith Award for outstanding White House coverage under deadline pressure.