Who will be left standing by...August?
Director: Alexander Payne
Stars: Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach, Bruce Dern, Will Forte
Release Date: TBD
Festival Speculation: Telluride, Venice, Toronto
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Why: Payne is coming off his second adapted screenplay Oscar for "The Descendants" (this biggest box office of his career), a film which at one time was a major best picture contender. "Nebraska" follows a father and son as they Billings, Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska as the father makes a pitstop in his hometown to settle some scores. The film doesn't have a major star in the cast, but after arguably four great films in a row Payne is the one and only reason "Nebraska" will be a must see. Moreover, it would be shocking if it didn't debut at Payne's new favorite festival, Telluride.
- Gregory Ellwood