Winner Bob Nelson

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WRITER: Nebraska


After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Bruce Dern) thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.



BOB NELSON is a screenwriter with projects in development at Paramount, Warner Brothers, Pixar, and Universal studios. His original script Nebraska will be released in the fall of 2013 for Paramount Pictures, directed by Academy Award winner Alexander Payne, director and co-writer of Sideways, Election, and The Descendants. Also in development at Paramount is Nelson’s adaptation of the French film Intimate Strangers. David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter films, is developing the script Bill from My Father, for Warner Bros. Young at Heart, inspired by the documentary of the same name, was penned for Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. Nelson is working with Chris Rock on the adaptation of the French film, La Premiere Etoile. He spent six months at Pixar Animation Studios as a writer in residence.

Nelson plans to direct his second original screenplay, The Tribe, with Joel McHale, star of NBC’s Community and E! Entertainment’s The Soup attached, and produced by the Mr. Mudd company, makers of Juno.

Before screenwriting, Nelson was a journalist, talk radio producer, and wrote for Comedy Central, Fox Television, VH-1, and Bill Nye the Science Guy. He was a performer in the original Bill Nye PBS series, Bill Nye the Science Guy and a writer and performer for Eyes of Nye.

Nelson was a cast member, writer, director, and segment producer for the iconic Seattle sketch show, Almost Live! on the NBC affiliate KING-TV, where Bill Nye the Science Guy and actor Joel McHale also began their careers. The program was named the best local program in the United States for several years and won over 100 Emmys. Nelson received five Emmys for writing and one for performing. Besides a two year run on Comedy Central, Almost Live! was twice syndicated nationally.

Nelson was born in Yankton, South Dakota and grew up in the Seattle, Washington area. He currently lives on Whidbey Island, north of Seattle, with his wife Valerie Howell.