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Oscar nomination party held in Norfolk, Nebraska


NORFOLK, Neb. (KTIV/US92) -- The Academy Award Nominations were announced early this morning. And, there's one that's caught the attention of many in Siouxland.

It's not every day that a major motion picture company hosts an Oscar nomination viewing party in northeast Nebraska, but the Norfolk area is beginning to get used to the Hollywood limelight.

Paramount studios held an Oscar nomination viewing party in Norfolk, Nebraska Thursday morning for cast, crew, and fans of the film "Nebraska". It was filmed last winter in a number of northeast Nebraskan communities.

The Alexander Payne film had already received five Golden Globe nominations this year.

Rachel Liester is a part time waitress at the Uptown restaurant in Stanton, Nebraska where part of the movie was filmed. Following her audition, she also served Payne and others in the filming crew at the restaurant.

"I've always thought that if he decided that night, that I was going to be the one he chose for the waitress role, that was the best tip I've ever got", said Liester.

Liester and a number of other local actors were on hand to learn that the film had been nominated for a total of six awards, including nominations for June Squibb as Best Supporting Actress and Bruce Dern for Best Actor.

The films director and Nebraska native Alexander Payne was nominated as Best Director, Yankton native Bob Nelson got the nod for Best Original Screenplay.

The film also is nominated in the Best Cinematography category and for best picture.

The film also featured 14-year-old Norfolk Junior High Student Noah Matteo who went to school this morning knowing that he was part of an Oscar nominated film cast.

"I don't know, maybe, I never really thought about it before this, but I don't know it might be cool to be an actor", said Motteo.

And for some of those from Northeast Nebraska that were chosen to appear in the Alexander Payne film, this adds just a little extra for them to talk about.

Roger Stuckwisch, a local actor said, "I can say what a lot of people can't, you know no bragging, I'm in a movie that did really well."

Everyone in northeast Nebraska will be waiting on the edge of their seats for the awards ceremony on March 2nd.

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