Bruce Dern is finally getting his due.
That can take a looooooonnnngg time around Hollywood. And for some it never comes.
But Bruce just made a sweet little movie called Nebraska which is bringing him some much overdue recognition.
Part of Bruce's problem it seems - in the recognition department - is that he's always played mostly Badguys. In Bruce's Westerns alone - and he's been in quite a few - he's always played the meanest, orneryest, low-down, underhanded, back-stabbing, murdering mother-rapers that you could shake a pole-cat at. In Hollywood, that's like playing the bridesmaid - no matter how good you are at being bad, nobody likes you. In fact, Dern will easily make my Badguys of Western cinema list - pretty well rising to the top amidst the most dastardly of villains who ever rode the plains.
In Westerns, Dern starts out mean and ends up nasty - with a touch of comedy thrown in along the way:
Hard Ground with Burt Reynolds / 2003
All the Pretty Horses with Matt Damon / 2000
Wild Bill with Jeff Bridges and Ellen Barkin / 1995
Into the Badlands with Mariel Hemingway and Helen Hunt / 1991
Harry Tracy: the last of the WIld Bunch with Helen Shaver / 1982
Posse with Kirk Douglas / 1975
The Cowboys with John Wayne / 1972
Support Your Local Sheriff with James Garner and Jack Elam / 1969
Hang 'Em High with Clint Eastwood / 1968
Will Penny with Charleton Heston / 1968
The War Wagon with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas
Waterhole #3 with James Coburn / 1967
Well Bruce hasn't been totally ignored ...
1971 Drive, He Said Won National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
1972 The Cowboys Awarded Bronze Wrangler for Best Theatrical Motion Picture
1974 The Great Gatsby Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1978 Coming Home Nominated-Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1980 Middle Age Crazy Nominated-Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
1981 Tattoo Nominated-Razzie Award for Worst Actor 1982 Harry Tracy, Desperado Nominated-Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actor
1982 That Championship Season Won Silver Bear for Best Actor
2006 Big Love Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2008 Swamp Devil Won Philadelphia Film Festival Jury Prize
2009 The Lightkeepers Nominated- Method Fest Award for Best Supporting Actor
2012 Django Unchained Nominated-San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2013 Nebraska Won Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award Won Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Won National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
Pending-Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Pending-Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Pending-Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Pending-London Film Critics Circle Award for Actor of the Year
Pending-Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Pending-Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor
Pending-Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Pending-San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Pending-Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture
Pending-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role