The black-and-white comedy-drama movie Nebraska – written by Bob Nelson, directed by Alexander Payne and produced by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa – was released on 23 May 2013 at Cannes and 15 November 2013 in the United States. The movie which stars Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk in the main roles received nomination for Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and Bruce Dern received the Best Actor Award. The film was also nominated in six categories (Best Director, Best Actor, Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay) for Academy Awards.
The Main Cast
- Bruce Dern – Woodrow T. Grant
- Will Forte – David Grant (Youngest son of Woody and Kate)
- June Squibb – Kate Grant (Woody’s wife)
- Bob Odenkirk – Ross Grant (Oldest son of Woody and Kate)
- Stacy Keach – Ed Pegram (Old business partner of Woody)
- Mary Louise Wilson – Aunt Martha (Woody’s sister-in-law)
- Missy Doty – Noel (David’s girlfriend)
- Angela McEwan – Pegy Nagy (Woody’s former girlfriend)
- Rance Howard – Uncle Ray (One of the brothers of Woody)
The Story Line
Elderly Woody Grant is a resident of Billings in Montana. His mind starts to fade off following heavy drinking for many years. He receives a letter saying that he has won one million dollars in sweepstakes. He is determined to go to Nebraska to collect the money in person and to buy a truck, as David, Woody’s estranged son, fails to convince his father that it is a scam. David and Ross, his brother, who works as a local news anchor, discuss about putting their father in a retirement home.
When Noel comes to return David’s things, Woody leaves the home once again in pursuit of the prize money. David brings him back and then decides to drive him to Lincoln, Nebraska, much to the dismay of Kate. David was never very close to his father and sees this as an opportunity to bond with him.
Woody and Dave encounter a great deal of obstacles during the course of their journey to Lincoln. Envious family members, who firmly believe that Woody would soon become a millionaire, and some of his old acquaintances, who feel he ought to settle some old scores with them, give them a tough time.
Ed Pegram, Woody’s former partner in business, asks for money he has loaned to him many years ago when they were having a drink at a bar. As they leave the bar, Cole and Bart, Woody’s nephews, attack Woody and steal the sweepstakes letter.
David confronts them and goes in search of the letter with his father. They find Ed in a bar with the letter. Woody takes it back from him and David gives Ed a good punch. Finally, they visit the marketing agency for collecting the money. They discover to their dismay that he has not won the prize. He gets a consolation gift, a hat with “Prize Winner” printed on it.
David sells his car and buys a truck. On their way back, David allows Woody to drive through Hawthorne Locust Street for others to see.
Accolades Received by Nebraska
Nebraska has received a number of awards and nominations as follows:
- The movie was included in the Top Ten Films of the Year (2013) by the American Film Institute.
- The cast was given Best Ensemble by the Boston Film Critics Society, while June Squibb was awarded the Best Supporting Actress.
- Nebraska received five nominations for Golden Globe.
- Nebraska received six Independent Spirit Awards nominations.
- Forte and Dern won Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor, respectively, at the National Board of Review.
- Nebraska has also received 3 Satellite Award nominations as well as won the Best Cast award.
- The film was also nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.