Early reviews position Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska' as Oscar contender

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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:00 am

The premiere of Alexander Payne’s new movie “Nebraska” drew a prolonged and rousing standing ovation Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Reviews from key critics were strong, if occasionally qualified, positioning the movie as a possible Oscar contender next fall.

The Hollywood Reporter called “Nebraska” a “bittersweet father-son road trip through an emotionally (and) economically parched homeland” and said the movie’s stars, Bruce Dern and Will Forte, “got a bevy of bravos for their performances” from the Cannes audience.

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