Bob Nelson (screenwriter)

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Bob Nelson
Born (1956-07-18) July 18, 1956 (age 64)
Yankton, South Dakota, United States
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter

Robert W. "Bob" Nelson[1] (born July 18, 1956) is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for writing Nebraska (2013) directed by Alexander Payne and released in 2013, for which Nelson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 86th Academy Awards.[2][3] The screenplay was also nominated for a Golden Globe.


Nelson was a cast member and writer on the Seattle sketch comedy TV show Almost Live! in the 1990s.[4]

Nelson won the 2014 Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay for Nebraska.

In 2014, the Seattle-based alternative popular newspaper The Stranger nominated him for a Stranger Genius Award.[5]

He wrote and directed The Confirmation starring Clive Owen, Maria Bello, and Patton Oswalt. It opened in March 2016.

Personal life[edit]

He was raised in Kent, Washington, and currently lives with his wife on Whidbey Island in Washington.[6]


  1. ^ "" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2016-02-29.
  2. ^ Lewis, Hilary (2013-11-07). "'Nebraska's' Will Forte, Screenwriter Bob Nelson Talk First-Time Jitters". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ Scott, A. O. (2013-11-15). "You May Already Be a Winner. Or Not". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Don (2014-02-06). "Bob Nelson's First Movie Script Was 'Nebraska'". The Wall Street Journal.
  5. ^ Frizzelle, Christopher (2014-05-15). The 2014 Stranger Genius Award Nominees Are.... The Stranger
  6. ^ "Nebraska' writer Bob Nelson trading quiet Washington state island life for Oscar whirlwind". Oregon Live. Oregon Live LLC. Retrieved 28 July 2015.

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