Alexander Payne’s follow-up to 2011’s Oscar-winning The Descendents, Nebraska hits the big screen this weekend, finally giving mass audiences the chance to see what all the buzz is about. There’s certainly been a great deal of Oscar talk early on for Bruce Dern in his leading performance and he still stands as the front-runner in most circles. Charlie Countryman and Best Man Holiday are other smaller additions at the box office this week.
Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
An aging, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize.
Oscar Potential: The acclaim for Bruce Dern as a sure-fire Best Actor nominee (and probable winner) has been well-noted up to this point. Payne stands a chance for Best Director, as does his film for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. (Read Clayton’s rave review.)