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Getting ready for Oscar; some local fans weigh in

Jeremy Rieger ‘Michael Clayton’

Stephanie Metzger ‘Atonement’

Sherri Homanko ‘Atonement’

Seventeen-year-old Stephanie Metzger is all geared up for Sunday’s 80th annual Academy Awards Ceremony.

The Wilkes-Barre movie buff is having an Oscars party tonight at her home, complete with a red carpet she purchased from a party supplies store. Metzger and her friends will parade in on the carpet while her mom, Marjorie Metzger, takes pictures and pretends to be the paparazzi. Then the friends will watch movies.

Writers Guild of America members returned to work on Feb. 13 after a 100-day strike, just in time for the Oscars. Although the awards would likely have been held despite the strike, most stars would not have crossed the picket line into the ceremony.

Metzger will be watching the Oscars Sunday evening, and she isn’t alone. She and others who braved the wintry weather Friday afternoon at R/C Theatres Wilkes-Barre Movies 14, intend to view the Oscars.

Sherri Homanko, 20, is one of them. The Wilkes University junior will be rooting for Best Picture nominee “Atonement” to win even though she didn’t see it. The film is on Homanko’s list of movies to see.

The nominees for Best Picture are “Atonement,” “Juno,” “Michael Clayton,” “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood.”

Homanko saw “Juno,” and describes it as only OK.

“It wasn’t one of my favorites,” Homanko said. “I think it was overrated and exaggerated what would happen in real life.”

Stephanie Metzger saw “Atonement” and enjoyed it, but says things don’t look good for the movie at the Oscars.

“I really liked it; it was really good,” Metzger said. “But it won’t win Best Picture. It will be between ‘No Country for Old Men’ and ‘There Will Be Blood.’”

Jeremy and Marietta Rieger, of Mountain Top, both watched “Michael Clayton.” Marietta Rieger also saw “Juno” and “Atonement.”

Some aspects of “Juno” disappointed Marietta Rieger, who saw the film with her teenage daughters.

“I liked the fact she was going through an adoption, but I didn’t like the humor for a young girl; it was crude,” Rieger said.

She hopes “Atonement,” her favorite of the three Best Picture nominees that she saw, will win. Jeremy Rieger is cheering for “Michael Clayton.” Both say they will tune into the Oscars on Sunday.

If you watch

The 80th Annual Academy Awards

8 p.m. Sunday on ABC

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