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Squibb enjoying Oscar nominee title

June Squibb has admitted she gets excited every time she sees the words "Oscar nominee" in front of her name.

The Nebraska star is in the running for a best supporting actress Academy Award for her role as matriarch Kate Grant in Alexander Payne's black-and-white movie.

She has already been nominated for a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award alongside her co-star Bruce Dern and now the 84-year-old has received a Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Speaking on the red carpet ahead of the presentation, the Far From Heaven star said she was enjoying her success.

"It means a lot, the work is so important to me and it means I have done something they feel rates in the higher percentile of the acting that was done this year and that is very exciting," she said.

Asked about how she feels about the day of the Oscars on March 2, she added: "We have been so busy I haven't really thought about it because we have tried to be at all the awards, but I read 'Oscar nominee June Squibb' and that is nice, I like that."

Nebraska has scored six Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best director and June says she believes the success of the movie comes down to the family portrayed on screen.

"Everybody that I talk to says it reminds them of their family, people have told them I remind them of their aunt or their grandmother or their mother and that is why they love it."

Also collecting the Virtuoso Award in Santa Barbara were Dallas Buyers Club star and Oscar nominee Jared Leto, Short Term 12 actress Brie Larson and Fruitvale Station star Michael B Jordan.

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