I just got off the phone with Bob Nelson, the Northwest native (and “Almost Live!” veteran) who wrote the beautiful screenplay for “Nebraska” — and who’s celebrating his first Oscar nomination today, for original screenplay. Though he lives on Whidbey Island, he’s in Los Angeles this week for a few events (including the Golden Globes, where he was a nominee) and got the news in his hotel room this morning. “I told my wife — she’s always up by the time of the announcement — I said, wake me up if I’m in, if not, it’ll be 8 or 9 and I”ll know I’m not in. I got the wake-up call. Very nice. An exciting day.” He was still in his room when we spoke, shortly after 7, but was about to head downstairs and congratulate the rest of the “Nebraska” nominees — director Alexander Payne, actor Bruce Dern, supporting actress June Squibb, and producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. “I guess I’ll be in L.A. a lot for the month of February,” said Nelson, who sounded calm but very happy. “It’s pretty exciting, for a boy from Kent.”
UPDATE, 10 a.m. Friday: Read the full interview with Nelson here.