Crest to screen ‘Nebraska’ weeks before theatrical release in Sacramento

Tonight, Sacramento’s Crest Theatre offers a chance to see a possible Oscar contender weeks before its official release.

“Nebraska,” the new road-trip movie from “Sideways” director Alexander Payne, will screen at 8 p.m. as part of a special one-night-only New York Film Critics Series presentation.

“Nebraska” stars Bruce Dern as Woody Grant, an aging Montana resident determined to retrieve what he believes to be a $1 million sweepstakes prize waiting for him in his home state of Nebraska. Will Forte plays Woody’s son, who drives his heavy-drinking, emotionally distant father to Nebraska in a last-ditch effort to bond with him.

Dern, 77, was named best actor at May’s Cannes Film Festival for his performance in “Nebraska,” and he and the film are considered strong candidates for Academy Awards nominations. “Nebraska” was shot in artful black and white by Phedon Papamichael, also director of photography on 2004’s “Sideways” and Payne’s 2011 film “The Descendants.”

Tonight’s event includes an introduction by Rolling Stone film critic Peter Travers and a post-movie Q&A session with Dern and Forte moderated by Travers. These features, presented in HD, will originate from and be broadcast live on the East Coast and shown three hours late at the Crest.

Tickets to tonight’s event are $18 and are available at the Crest box office, 1013 K St., by phone at (800) 225-2277 or online at

The New York/New Jersey-based New York Film Critics Series, which was founded in 1995, recently expanded to new markets, Crest Theatre general manager Sid Garcia-Heberger said. The Crest plans to screen more of the series’ films, though titles and dates have not yet been set.

“The plan is to do it as a once-a-month event,” Garcia-Heberger said.

“Nebraska” will begin its regular Sacramento theatrical run Nov. 27 at the Tower Theatre.