KSDK – An 84-year-old actress with local ties is headed to the Oscars.
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Actress June Squibb is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her acclaimed role in "Nebraska," which scored six nominations, including Best Picture and Director.
Before she made it to the big-time, Squibb – who grew up 69 miles northeast of St. Louis in Vandalia, Ill. – performed at the Muny. She played Gloria in "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1966, and starred in "Ballroom" in 1979, among numerous other productions.
This morning, Squibb watched the Oscar nominations broadcast with her son.
"As they were going through the names for supporting actress, he finally got up and hugged me," she told USA TODAY. "He was standing there, sort of with his arms around me, when they called my name."
And despite what pundits predicted, she wasn't banking on a nomination.
"I didn't expect it!" she said. "Many people told me (it would happen), and my agent's office were checking all the predictions over and over again. Everyone can say 'Don't worry, don't worry,' but until it happens, you don't believe it."
Squibb's co-star, Bruce Dern, was nominated in the lead-actor category.
"I think he said something that's very true," Squibb said. "He said he felt that this year there were so many good actors and good films. And it is!"
What's next for Squibb? The actress admits new job offers have been flowing in. "There's a possibility now of a new TV show," she says, although she's unsure if it's a comedy or a drama. "I don't even know that much about it myself. It came to me late yesterday before the office closed."
Squibb, like so many of her fellow nominees, will be dressing up for the Critics' Choice Awards this evening in L.A. "I'm trying to pace myself," she says. "We start out so early!"