On behalf of movies everywhere and throughout time, I take personal offense to the absurd fact that this movie is nominated for a Best Picture Oscar tonight. I know that what I’m about to say is controversial so stop reading if this is your darling, but this movie doesn’t even warrant my hate. When I dislike a movie I can at least key in on the elements I found distasteful or subpar and analyze them. Not here. Nebraska was simply a black hole of nothing. Amateur, entirely uninspired photography (the desaturated black and white aesthetic does zero for the story), horrific acting from everyone who isn’t Bruce Dern (I’m looking at you, Will Forte, in particular), banal and wooden dialogue, an overt plot device that is frequently stated in the same breath as the film’s moral…. To give it a small pass, maybe this movie gets good after the 45 minute mark, but I just couldn’t give it another hour and ten minutes of my life, and nor could the large room of people I was watching it with. I’ll finish it if it does well tonight, but otherwise absolutely not.