By Clark Collis
Updated January 17, 2014 at 03:12 PM EST

Bruce Dern has confirmed that he spoke with Quentin Tarantino about the possibility of appearing in the director’s next movie. “We had a conversation,” said Dern, who yesterday received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his performance as delusional alcoholic Woody Grant in the film Nebraska. “I mean, he hasn’t hired me yet or anything. But we had a conversation about the material, yes we did.”

Last weekend, Deadline reported that Tarantino had finished a draft of his next project — a Western called The Hateful Eight — and that he was eyeing Christoph Waltz and Dern as possible cast members. Waltz himself won an Oscar for his role in Tarantino’s last film Django Unchained, a movie in which Dern also had a small part.