Nelson lives on Whidbey Island but is in Los Angeles Thursday for the Oscar nominations.
He told KOMO Radio he wrote the screenplay hoping to see it made into a small movie and never expected this much success. It also was nominated for a Golden Globes award.
Nelson told The Seattle Times, "It's pretty exciting, for a boy from Kent."
Nelson wrote and performed for "Almost Live," a sketch comedy show that was produced at KING in Seattle in the 1980s and 1990s.