Produced in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1961, director and screenwriter Alexander Payne studied filmmaking in the University of California, Los Angeles. Payne subsequently looked at high school politics in Election (1999). More critically acclaimed pictures soon followed, including Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011) and Nebraska (2013).
His mom was a college professor and his dad ran a restaurant. While his parents hoped he’d join a respected area, like law or medicine, Payne graduated from Stanford University with degrees in history and Spanish literature.
In the very start, he aspired to become a director. The next year, his picture was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, where earned raves.
For his first feature film, Payne sought out the humor in controversy. He investigated problems associated with abortion in Citizen Ruth (1996) with Laura Dern as the movie ‘s star. As well as directing the film, Payne also wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor.
Reese Witherspoon stars an overachieving Omaha high school pupil out to win course office, and Matthew Broderick is among the school teachers in this critically acclaimed comedy. Again working with Jim Taylor to the script, Payne and his co-writer picked up an Academy Award nomination for his or her screenplay.
Payne additionally got largely favorable reviews for his assessment of aging in About Schmidt (2002). In the film, Jack Nicholson stars as a Nebraskan actuary coping with retirement. He’s soon confronted with all the passing of his wife, played by June Squibb, and he should find his way by himself. The movie is adapted in the Louis Begley novel of the exact same name.
He and regular writing partner Jim Taylor won best adapted screenplay for interpreting Rex Pickett’s novel for the big screen. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church star as some of buddies who go on a transformative road trip together.
Seven years lapsed between Sideways and Payne’s following job The Descendants (2011). In now, Payne’s union to actress Sandra Oh finished and brought a section to Paris, Je T’Aime (2006). He also worked in television, serving as an executive producer for the show Hung starring Thomas Jane. Payne directed the show’s pilot at the same time.
The Descendants stars George Clooney as a Hawaiian attorney who finds himself facing the imminent departure of his comatose wife while attempting to handle learning about her infidelity. The film earned excellent accolades from critics and added another Academy Award for adapted screenplay to Payne’s mantel.
Dern plays Woody Grant, an aged guy who considers he has won $1 million from a sweepstakes posting. Woody takes his youngest son, played by actor/comic Will Forte, on a visit to go collect his winnings while Woody’s wife (June Squibb) attempts to get him to snap back in fact. Both Payne, his cast as well as the movie itself received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.