Awards-season prognosticators have long had their eyes on Bruce Dern, who is a favorite for a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars for his star turn in Alexander Payne's black-and-white dramedy "Nebraska." But the film legend says he's not working overtime to secure some love from the Academy.
During an interview with HuffPost Live's Ricky Camilleri, Dern said he's not playing the Hollywood game of lobbying to improve his odds for recognition.
"I don't look at the whole Oscar thing at all," Dern said. "I don't know what campaigning means. I'm not here campaigning, I'm not on the road campaigning. I'm on the road to get people to see the movie."
The actor, who recently spoke about waking up from a concussion as a boy to find Eleanor Roosevelt babysitting him, said "Nebraska" is at risk of being dwarfed by films with more money behind their promotion.
"We're kind of like the Little Engine That Could," Dern said. "There's a lot of big-budget movies out there that have done a lot of things. We're not a big-budget movie."
Now that Dern has become the recipient of fresh buzz and acclaim, are the offers rolling in for his next role? Not exactly. Dern said his phone has been quiet amid "Nebraska's" success.
"The son-of-a-bitch hasn't rung yet," he said with a smirk.
See the full conversation with Bruce Dern at HuffPost Live HERE.
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