An early and eager crowd gathered at The Sand Bar and Grill
in Norfolk Thursday morning, in anticipation of
a big announcement from Hollywood; Oscar nominations.
The film "Nebraska" follows
a father and son's journey from Montana to Lincoln to collect what
they think is a $1 million lottery prize.
It was shot throughout the state, and includes some Nebraskans in small roles.
At 72, Roger Stuckwisch from Tilden never thought he'd be on the big
"It was a dream! You know, and it was something
that I never ever in my lifetime would ever imagine happening to me."
But it did. He plays a karaoke singer in the movie, but he fell into the
role by accident.
"I was singing down here in Norfolk in Kings Sports Bar and they had
scouts in there that night. She heard me sing and so that was it," he says.
His cast mate Melinda Simonsen of Norfolk played a cashier in Lincoln.
After the torture of waiting to hear the nominations, six of them! Including Best Picture and Best Director, Alexander Payne,
who Simonsen says was an honor to work with.
"He was easy to approach and it felt more like he was a
friend than a big Hollywood director. Yes! I'm very excited," she says.
And it's not just the cast that's rooting for the film; Norfolk
officials say the production's presence brought a special energy to the city.
Norfolk's Economic Development Director Courtney Klein says "It's been almost surreal since the beginning when they
called and said they might be looking to film the movie here in northeast Nebraska. It's been an
amazing experience. We've, we've really enjoyed the ride."
Nebraskans involved in the film say the story depicts
a unique truth about the state's culture, and that it's something to be proud