Few Auburn (or in this case, Auburn-ish) references in movies have inspired more tips to TWER than this scene in Nebraska.
Some old guys are just sitting there watching—or maybe just listening to—former Auburn Tigers and Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin “Neck of a Gazelle” Aromashodu make a great catch and run for the Bears down to the Detroit Lions 38-yard line.
No wonder it was nominated for six Academy Awards. (Can’t see the video? Try here.)
Nebraska isn’t the only movie to feature an Auburn reference that’s simply heard, rather than seen. There’s a radio broadcast of an Auburn game—hey, against Nebraska!—on in the background in this wacky scene from the 1982 punxploitation classic Suburbia.
Nor is the film the only recent Best Picture also-ran with an Auburn connection. Check out the license plate on the wall in the 2010 film Winter’s Bone. And there was a former Auburn Spade with a significant role in fellow 2014 runner-up Dallas Buyer’s Club.
Two years ago we actually had an Oscar winner saying “War Eagle” on the red carpet.
h/t @AUChizad, Andrew Salser, Ron Harris, and tons of others… thank you.
* Jimmy Buffett in an Auburn shirt and wristband
* Family recalls luxury box eagle encounter
* So a Playmate walks into Jordan-Hare…
* John Travolta in an Auburn shirt
* Auburn and Virginia have ‘colorful’ history
* Auburn coeds at the Rodeo
* I Survived the Kopper Kettle Explosion and all I got was this t-shirt
* “Cougar Town” star gets Glom’ed
* Auburn-educated astronaut wanted ‘War Eagle’ to be first words on the moon