“Nebraska,” starring Bruce Dern was named Best Movie of the Year by Ocean City’s Mr. Mature America pageant organizers, the city announced Tuesday morning. Dern visited Ocean City in 1981 to film scenes for the movie “Tattoo,” in which he played a deranged tattoo artist. Segments for the movie were filmed at a beachfront home in Ocean City.
The pageant is the first in the country to honor men over the age of 60, and takes place at the Music Pier on March 22, 7 p.m. The pageant will be preceded by a performance by the Bubba Mac Blues Band. The band is made up entirely of men over the age of 60.
Dern stars as Woody Grant in “Nebraska.” The movie focuses on a Korean War veteran who believes he’s won $1 million in a magazine contest. Grant embarks on a journey from his home in Montana to Lincoln, Nebraska to claim the $1 million. Dern plays a character who has overcome the ravages of age and alcoholism in an effort to claim his prize.
Dern has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor. June Squibb, who plays his wife Kate, is nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and the movie is nominated for an Oscar for Best Movie.
The movie celebrates the day-to-day lives of older people in rural America, and earned the nod for Best Movie at the pageant because of its sympathetic approach to the lives of older Americans, organizers said.
Contestants in the Mr. Maturity pageant will present a talent that can range from music, stand-up comedy, a hobby, or an organization they have assisted for the betterment of the community. They will also discuss how life was, growing up in their particular era.
Outstanding women over 60 will be honored and perform during pageant intervals.
Tickets are $10 with proceeds benefitting the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard and the Philippine Relief Fund. Call 609-525-9300 to order tickets.
Men 60-and-over who wish to enter the Pageant should call (609) 525-9300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. After business hours, call 609-364-4010. All contestants will receive a big Dietz and Watson ham and are invited to attend a reception at the Flanders Hotel.