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Montana Film Office

Jan
16
2014
Made-in-Montana film earns Oscar nods

“Nebraska” nominated for six Academy Awards.

HELENA – The Montana Film Office announces that Montana-shot film “Nebraska” was nominated for six Academy Awards this morning. The dramatic comedy directed by previous Academy Award-winner Alexander Payne, was nominated in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress (June Squibb) Best Original Screenplay (Bob Nelson) and Best Cinematography (Phedon Papamichael).

“Nebraska” shot in several locations in Billings and Laurel in late 2012. The Montana Film Office assisted with initial location scouting, permitting, liaised with crew and production service providers, and connected the production with Montana location scout, Anne Gauer. Co-owner of Spotlight Productions in Billings, Guaer was instrumental in selection of Montana locations for the early scenes of the film.

“Nebraska” was precertified with Montana’s film incentive program, the Big Sky on the Big Screen Act and brought a total economic impact of $370,500 to the state. The weeklong Paramount feature hired 62 Montana-based crew and service providers, in addition to casting 30 local extras.

Breaking away from promoting Montana’s production savvy at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, Film Commissioner Deny Staggs expressed his thrill at the nominations,

“We were excited to hear the announcement. Results like these prove how valuable Montana’s great locations and high-quality production professionals can be to a film.”

While it was not the only Montana-shot film to be nominated this awards season, “Nebraska” leads the pack with nods from the Writers Guild, Film Independent, the Screen Actors’ Guild and now the Academy Awards.

The 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony will take place March 2, 2014. The live telecast will air on ABC stations nationwide starting at 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Click here to watch the trailer for “Nebraska”

For more information on the Montana Film Office’s work with other award-winning films or production support in the state of Montana contact the office at montanafilm@mt.gov or 1.800.553.4563.