See a list of all the movies that have been filmed in Nebraska
Movies that premiered in Omaha
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Many movies have been made in Nebraska, but only a few have earned Academy Award nominations – or wins. We offer a recap.
One of the most beloved of the movies was "Boys Town," released in 1938. Spencer Tracy won the Oscar for Best Actor and gave the statuette to Boys Town's Father Flanagan. It, along with other memorabilia from the filming of the movie on the Boys Town campus, remain on display today.
Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER
Tracy, who died in 1967, returned to Boys Town at least twice after filming the movie and wrote at least one letter to donors to help raise money for the home. In 2003, he was inducted into Boys Town's newly established Wall of Fame.
Sean Tracy, 11, left, and Shane Tracy, 8, pose with their great-grandfather's Oscar from the movie "Boys Town." Spencer Tracy's family members were in Omaha for the 2003 dedication of the Wall of Fame. The late actor's name appears on the first tile. THE WORLD-HERALD
The 1970 movie "Airport" was set in the fictional Lincoln International Airport near Chicago, but part of it was filmed in Lincoln, Nebraska. Helen Hayes won for Best Supporting Actress and the movie had nine other nominations, including Best Picture.
Dean Martin and Jacqueline Bisset. UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
Tatum O'Neal is the youngest person to take home an Oscar. She was 10 when she won Best Supporting Actress for the 1973 movie "Paper Moon." Parts of the movie were filmed near Rulo, Neb., and the Rulo bridge is a featured. O'Neal's co-star, Madeline Kahn, also was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
Ryan O'Neal with daughter Tatum. PARAMOUNT STUDIOS
In 1983, the movie "Terms of Endearment" garnered 11 Academy Award nominations. And the film won five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson), Best Director (James L. Brooks) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from another Medium (also Brooks).
Most Nebraskans, however, remember the movie for actress Debra Winger (nominated for Best Supporting Actress) and her romance that developed with then-Gov. Bob Kerrey.
The movie was filmed mostly in Lincoln but also in Kearney.
Shirley MacLaine, left, and Debra Winger. PARAMOUNT
Omaha native Alexander Payne's 1999 "Election" was nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published. The movie launched the acting career of Omahan Chris Klein. The film was shot almost entirely in and around Omaha and Papillion using high school students as extras.
Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick. PARAMOUNT/MTV FILMS
Another Alexander Payne film, the 2002 "About Schmidt," earned nods from the Academy with nominations for Best Actor (Jack Nicholson) and Best Supporting Actress (Kathy Bates). Much of that movie was filmed in Omaha.
Kathy Bates and Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt." NEW LINE CINEMA
The 2009 movie "Up in the Air" received 9 nominations. And while scenes were filmed in Omaha, many did not make the Big Screen. The DVD version, however, includes deleted scenes shot in the Old Market and at Eppley Airfield.
George Clooney portrays Ryan Bingham. PARAMOUNT
And this year we'll get to see how our own Alexander Payne will do with his 2013 movie, "Nebraska." It has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Directing and Best Writing Original Screenplay. The black-and-white movie was filmed largely in northeast Nebraska.
Will Forte and Bruce Dern. PARAMOUNT
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And check out our list of movies that premiered in Nebraska as well as look at Omaha native – and Oscar nominee – Alexander Payne's career.
Alexander Payne's career
An earlier version of this story said Helen Hayes won Best Actress for the 1970 movie "Airport." She won Best Supporting Actress for her role in that film.