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Alexander Payne
Alexander Payne 2005
Payne at the 84th Academy Awards
7 Nominations / 2 Wins
Role Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Born February 10, 1961
Arlington, Virginia, USA
 

Alexander Payne is an Academy Award-winning film director, producer, and screenwriter. His films are best known for their dark humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society. Payne's journey into filmmaking "began in the 1960s when his father, owner of The Virginia Restaurant in downtown Omaha, received an 8mm projector from Kraft Foods as a bonus for being a good customer." A short time after getting his MFA from UCLA Film School, he got a writing/directing deal with Universal Pictures. The ensuing screenplay, which was turned down, would ultimately become About Schmidt (2002). Notable films to his credit include, Election (1999), Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011) and Nebraska (2013).

Wins

77th Academy Awards, 2004
Best Adapted ScreenplaySideways (shared with Jim Taylor)
84th Academy Awards, 2011
Best Adapted ScreenplayThe Descendants (shared with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash)

Nominations

72nd Academy Awards, 1999
Best Adapted ScreenplayElection (shared with Jim Taylor)
77th Academy Awards, 2004
Best Adapted ScreenplaySideways (shared with Jim Taylor)
Best DirectorSideways
84th Academy Awards, 2011
Best Adapted ScreenplayThe Descendants (shared with Nat Faxon and Jim Rash)
Best DirectorThe Descendants
Best PictureThe Descendants (shared with Jim Burke and Jim Taylor)
86th Academy Awards, 2013
Best DirectorNebraska

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