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Alexander Payne’s ‘Nebraska’ Gets Ready For Oscar With Fall Release Date Set

Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' Gets Ready For Oscar With Fall Release Date Set

One of the surprise inclusions in this year’s Cannes Film Festival lineup, Alexander Payne‘s “Nebraska,” is a low-key movie that could be making some big waves. And certainly, Paramount is hoping they’ve got a contender on their hands.

The studio has slated “Nebraska” for a November 22nd limited release, putting it right into the heart of Oscar season. Led by the unlikely duo of Bruce Dern and Will Forte, the story follows an aging, booze-addled father (Dern) who makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son (Forte) in order to claim a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes prize. Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach and Devin Ratray round out the cast. And certainly, Payne is an awards season force, with every film since “Election” getting nominations of some kind, so “Nebraska” is one that prognosticators will be putting on the predictions lists early in the game. But of course, how the movie is received at Cannes will be a big measure of how it might play out at the end of the year.

“Nebraska” will be released in black-and-white, but was shot on color stock to appease the studio who wanted something more saleable for cable networks and other non-theatrical avenues. So mark this one down, and avoid the “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” crowd that weekend by seeing this instead. [Deadline]

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Johnnye Gerhardt

It's the title. It's your intro to the film. Would I be interested in seeing a film called "Ohio?" Probably not until I'd had a chance to see the trailers. Of course, Mr. Payne having grown up in Nebraska, Omaha to be specific, may be a pull for the state. I live here, too, in Omaha, as a screenwriter and I'm not much of a pull for anything. Maybe it's because I'm not Alexander Payne. But then who is . . . . except, of course, Mr. Payne.


bruce dern was oscar nominated for vietnam drama Coming Home

but his best performance was the disturbing thriller TATTOO


Dear Unnamed test screening audience member- visuals aside, how was the movie? In specific how was Will Forte? I thought it was a brilliant decision to cast him as a dramatic lead when I first heard about it. Is he any good?


I'm glad more top-tier filmmakers in the U.S. are using black & white again. There's not exactly a flood of black & white films right now, but still, that's "Frances Ha," "Much Ado About Nothing," "Frankenweenie" and now this within the past year alone. Would love to see more.


It was shot in color but not on film. They used the Alexa. I was at the test screening last week. The black and white cinematography is gorgeous. Even in its rough form, it's an amazing film. Can't wait to see the final version.

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