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    With all of his buzz for Nebraska, I decided to revisit this actor’s filmography.

    I know that he was well-known for being a character actor, but it really surprised me how much of a character actor he really was. Of the films of his that I watched, he was never the leading actor. And he played a huge range of characters. Very good character actor indeed.

    As I watched this man act, I’m surprised he has only one Oscar nod to his name.

    I personally think he deserved to tie for the win for Best Supporting Actor 1971 with Jeff Bridges (in Picture Show) for Drive, He Said, a performance that won the NSFC Best Supporting Actor award. I also think he deserved a nomination for his Globe-nominated turn in The Great Gatsby in 1974, as did Karen Black.

    His performance in Nebraska is great but probably won’t rank among my top 5 with Ejiofor, Isaac, McConaughey, Hanks and Bale (and I’ve yet to see DiCaprio, Phoenix or Redford) but I do think other performances in his career have warranted Academy attention.

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    Scottferguson
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    This adds to his narrative for winning. He is one of the best known actors in Hollywood among industry people, yet you are right it’s tough to remember the specific performances because he often has been supporting and otherwise a journeyman actor. He was trained by Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan, worked with Hitchcock (twice), was in Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, worked with John Wayne, basically took whatever work he could to stay busy. Then when given a chance to do a lead role, he went against all the types of ways he had tried to stand out. I think it is a brilliant performance – the year’s best among leading actors – but while that helps his campaign, the X factor of being a veteran who just stuck to it and then did a rare lead role and gave maybe the best performance 50+ years into his career is a really compelling narrative.

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    Beau S.
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    Dern’s performance in Nebraska is actually less impressive after seeing some of his other work as I now see that he is capable of doing so much more. I understand that he’s aged a lot since the early-mid 70’s, but acting skill is something that doesn’t seem to disappear with age.

    Like I said, I like his performance in Nebraska (I 100% understand why many are passionate about it and why he’s a strong contender for a nomination/win) but I anticipate that once I’ve seen the others (i.e. Phoenix, DiCaprio, Elba, Servillo) he will place around #6 or 7 on my personal top 10 list. He currently sits at #5 as it is.

    Have you seen Drive, He Said? It seems like it mostly flew under the radar which is surprising considering who directed it.

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    With all of his buzz for Nebraska, I decided to revisit this actor’s filmography.

    I know that he was well-known for being a character actor, but it really surprised me how much of a character actor he really was. Of the films of his that I watched, he was never the leading actor. And he played a huge range of characters. Very good character actor indeed.

    As I watched this man act, I’m surprised he has only one Oscar nod to his name.

    I personally think he deserved to tie for the win for Best Supporting Actor 1971 with Jeff Bridges (in Picture Show) for Drive, He Said, a performance that won the NSFC Best Supporting Actor award. I also think he deserved a nomination for his Globe-nominated turn in The Great Gatsby in 1974, as did Karen Black.

    His performance in Nebraska is great but probably won’t rank among my top 5 with Ejiofor, Isaac, McConaughey, Hanks and Bale (and I’ve yet to see DiCaprio, Phoenix or Redford) but I do think other performances in his career have warranted Academy attention.

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    I am sooo glad to see Bruce Dern cited this year. The guy’s been working for decades, and yes I am a fan. There’s no genre he cant do.

    In all his vast filmography I guess I’ll cite Silent Running, an early percursor to the personification of “machines”. He’s def the lead, and he evoked so much emotion. Recommended.

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    Dern’s performance in Nebraska is actually less impressive after seeing some of his other work as I now see that he is capable of doing so much more. I understand that he’s aged a lot since the early-mid 70’s, but acting skill is something that doesn’t seem to disappear with age.

    Like I said, I like his performance in Nebraska (I 100% understand why many are passionate about it and why he’s a strong contender for a nomination/win) but I anticipate that once I’ve seen the others (i.e. Phoenix, DiCaprio, Elba, Servillo) he will place around #6 or 7 on my personal top 10 list. He currently sits at #5 as it is.

    Have you seen Drive, He Said? It seems like it mostly flew under the radar which is surprising considering who directed it.

    I saw it shortly after it came out. The film was a complete flop. Nicholson had become a star, but it was late in the cycle of real-world lower budget semi-indie films and had little to draw people to it; it came after The King of Marvin Gardens, also a flop.

    I loved him in Big Love (also starring Harry Dean Stanton, another vastly underrated veteran).

    I second the endorsement of Silent Running, but that also didn’t do well. That series of films damaged his career. And he a few years was in other films that disappointed – Great Gatsby, Black Sunday to name too. So he fell back on supporting/character roles.

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    Dern has had a truly stellar career but for me has never warranted an Oscar (and after seeing Nebraska, he still doesn’t). The closest he has came imo to being truly Oscar-worthy is Silent Running. I suppose if the film had been more successful he could have taken Winfield’s spot.

    He was nomination worthy for The Great Gatsby, haven’t seen Drive He Said. It’s actually a little surprising to me that the only film he got recognized for was Coming Home, though that one was pretty big at the Oscars all around anyway.

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    He most likely to get a nod lots of new unkknows stars think its great june getting a nod so think both would or none mainly cause he won to most praise.

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    His best role by far is in Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)…

    …just kidding.

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    Bruce Dern is one of those actors that seems to be in a lot of movies as a supporting actor. The one film of his that I liked was Black Sunday with Marthe Keller about a terrorist plot to blow up the Super Bowl.I’ve seen Black Sunday at least a half dozen times.

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    Even if i never cared for most of DERN’s films and cannot cite
    another performance other than COMING HOME where I thought
    he was nomination worthy, that all doesnt matter…At this moment
    in 2013, as a 77 year old working actor, IMO, Bruce Dern is giving
    the performance of his career in a great year for leading roles for
    actors and he deserves the Academy Award for his work THIS YEAR..
    I dont care about all this “narrative” stuff and why this and why that..
    I think i know great acting..and Dern is at the top of my list  for NEBRASKA.

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