EXCLUSIVE: With today’s Best Picture Producers Guild nomination, 5 Golden Globe nominations, 6 Critics Choice Movie Award nods and two more from SAG, some Independent Spirit awards love plus a coveted spot on the AFI Top Ten Movies Of The Year list, Paramount’s ‘little-movie-that-could’ Nebraska has been slowly, but steadily gathering a lot of awards mojo going into the second phase of a campaign that started shortly after Cannes where star Bruce Dern won Best Actor. Dern has also taken awards from the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and along with co-star June Squibb is nominated for several others. Will Forte, who plays their son also won a National Board Of Review Supporting Actor prize and a nomination for the Indie Spirits. The studio’s strategy has been to consistently screen the film since July (even though it didn’t open until mid-November) and get as many Academy members in to see it as possible. One source connected with the campaign says they have actually kept names and numbers estimating that over 2,300 members have seen the film at screenings to date. That doesn’t even include those who passed in at local theaters or who may have watched it at home on DVD. Incidentally the strategy purposely included holding back sending DVD screeners out until very late in the game. The thinking went that the film’s unique style and pacing, plus …
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Veteran stage, film and TV actor June Squibb shines as the tart-tongued matriarch Kate Grant in Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. At turns brash and tender—juggling frustrations with her delusional husband, Woody (played by Bruce Dern), even as she protects him from his money-grubbing family—Squibb’s portrayal garnered early praise when the film debuted at Cannes last May and has been building momentum since.
AwardsLine: You’ve collaborated with Alexander Payne before in About Schmidt but in a much smaller role. How did you get involved with Nebraska?
June Squibb: I don’t know when (Alexander) thought of me, but at some point he did. (His office) called and asked if I would tape some things for them if they sent a script. And I just felt, when I read the script, that I knew this woman. I felt really close to her. And so Alexander called me right after he got the tape and let me know that as far as he was concerned I was the frontrunner for it. We started shooting last October, and I was in New York the spring before, so that’s when he came to me.