The film, shot partially in Billings and Laurel, received nominations for Best Director (Alexander Payne), Best Actor, Drama (Bruce Dern), Best Supporting Actress (June Squipp), Best Screenplay, and Best Picture.
Known for the success of his previous films “The Descendants,” “Sideways” and “Election,” Payne chose to shoot “Nebraska” in Montana as the authentic location of the story, which follows a father and son (played by Bruce Dern and Will Forte) as they travel from Montana to Nebraska on a questionable quest to collect a $1 million prize.
Described as a “good old-fashioned comedy” by Payne, “Nebraska” used several locations in Billings and Laurel in late 2012. The Paramount feature hired 62 Montana-based crew and service providers, in addition to casting 30 local extras. The Montana Film Office estimates that the weeklong production brought a total economic impact of $370,500 to the state.
“Nebraska” leads the awards season with the first official nomination for a Montana-shot film, but rumors abound that the film, as well as other Montana stories, will be Oscar contenders later this year.
The film will arrive in Montana on December 20th and will begin showing at the Shiloh 14 theater in Billings, MT.
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