J-School grad helps make Oscar-nominated "Nebraska"

Oscar-nominated movie

UM School of Journalism alum Anne Gauer helped make the feature film “Nebraska,” which has been nominated for six Oscars.

Gauer, who is a co-owner of Spotlight Productions in Billings, was the assistant location manager for scenes shot in Montana and Buffalo, Wyo.

Gauer’s national credits include The Travel Channel, A & E, Rachel Ray, The Weather Channel, The History Channel, Outdoor Life/Versus, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Discovery Channel, Entertainment Tonight, FOX’s America’s Most Wanted, ESPN’s Fly Fishing The World and Sportscenter and the National Heart Association’s PSA featuring Lou Gossett, Jr.  She has worked for corporate clients including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Interior, Big Sky Economic Development Authority and Logan International Airport. 

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Montana with a double major in Radio/Television and Sociology.

A few scenes and roughly the first 20 minutes of the black and white film were shot in Billings and Laurel, Montana, in 2012.

Gauer said she learned about the nominations when location manager John Latenser posted the news on Facebook.

“It is the first film I have worked on,” she said. “We couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Gauer said the Montana Film Office was responsible for her involvement in the movie.

The film’s six Academy Award nominations went to Alexander Payne for best director, Bruce Dern for best actor, June Sqibb for best supporting actress Bob Nelson for best original screenplay and Pheden Papamichael for best cinematography.

The Academy Awards ceremony is March 2.

- posted on 02/26/14 -