Oscars gets attention of Tri-State movie fans


NEWBURGH, Ind. (WEHT) While the Oscars happened far from the Tri-State, they were still close on the minds of people spending the day at the movies.

Their eyes focused on what they watched on the big screens at Showplace Cinema.

“Today, we came to the movie Parasite,” said Will Blair of Evansville.

“We saw the Birds of Prey, it’s the Harley Quinn movie,” says Coral Straub of Evansville. “It was really good actually.”

But their minds were also focused on Hollywood’s big night and who they thought would be the big winner.

“The Irishman. Real big fan,” says Jacob Rice of Evansville.

“I would say Joker because it was one of the bigger names, one of the bigger name movies and I felt like this was a little different than the other Jokers,” Blair adds.

Showplace Cinema managers say they have more customers ask if films nominated for oscars will return to their screens, if they already ran their course. Some movie watchers say an Oscar nomination gets them more interested in seeing that movie.

“You see, like, so many people like it and you see if you like it, so you see if it’s worth the hype,” says Straub.

“1917 is the one that probably most want to see that I haven’t seen yet,” says Steve Kolb of Boonville. “just heard a lot of things about it. It looks like a well made movie, interesting story line, something I want to see.”

But a movie doesn’t have to be nominated or win to be a favorite to some.

“Probably Avengers: Endgame,” says Cruz Straub of Evansville, when asked what was the best movie from 2019.

“He says the best movie he’s seen is Doolittle,” Kolb says, referring to his son, Adrian.

“Because it had cool animals in it,” Adrian responds.

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(This story was originally published on February 9, 2020)

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