Seeing the Oscar Winners Only Hours Later

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MOOSIC -- A lot of the focus on Sunday night's Academy Awards was on the controversy surrounding all white nominees for the acting awards and how that was handled.

But the show was still a celebration of the movies and for some people in our area, the Oscar winners brought them to the theater to see the award-worthy performances.

Only hours after the Academy Awards, numerous people showed up at Cinemark movie theater in Moosic to see the winners, including "Spotlight," the Oscar winner for best picture.

The movie profiles the Boston Globe newspaper investigation that uncovered the extensive abuse of children by priests in the Catholic Church.

"Very interested. I was in the newspaper industry for 20 years so it will be very interesting to see that, the background," said Chris Constantine of Clarks Summit.

"I like investigative reporting movies, that's why I'm going to it. It doesn't have to do with the molestation in the Catholic Church," said Gene Barrett of Scranton.

The movie brings up some dark history for the Catholic Church but the Diocese of Scranton has said the movie serves a valuable purpose in raising awareness about child abuse and the need for vigilance.

"That's the reality," Barrett added. "That's the human condition and how it was treated."

The other award winner drawing moviegoers on this day after the awards was "The Revenant."

"I saw a little bit of the trailers on TV and it was so quick, I didn't know what the movie was about but watching the Oscars last night, I got the gist of it and thought I have to see that movie," said Lou Pistella of Clarks Green.

Leonardo DiCaprio, star of "The Revenant," won his first best actor award for his performance.

That sight thrilled those who have followed his storied career.

"Oh, yeah, he's great, he's great. Everything he does is good," said Jean Semyon of Pittston.

"Seeing the ads on TV and stuff for it, I thought, 'boy, that looks good,' because he's good in everything he plays in," said Cathy Kutyna of Exeter.

"The Revenant" is still showing a few theaters in our area. "Spotlight" is a little harder to find, but it is still at Cinemark in Moosic this week.

Some other winners are already available for purchase, streaming, or on demand.

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