Alexander Payne: Hollywood Director and Oscar-Winning writer
Alexander Payne is a renowned Hollywood director, screenwriter and occasional actor. He has written and directed such films as “Election”, “About Schmidt”, “Sideways” and the Academy Award-winning movie for Best Picture of 2012, The Descendants. In addition to his accomplishments in filmmaking, Payne is also a judge on the Tribeca Film Festival.
Payne’s first feature film after college was “Citizen Ruth” which he worked on with Jim Taylor. It was soon followed by a steady stream of shorts and feature films that garnered Payne both critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay.
In 2004, Alexander Payne directed “Sideways” starring Paul Giamatti. The movie was an instant hit and earned Payne $71.5 million dollars at the box office. During the filming of Sideways, Payne would take Giamatti and Haden on location to read through scenes in hopes of helping them to feel natural in their performances.
Alexander Payne directed the drama “The Descendants”, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2012. The movie starred George Clooney and Shailene Woodley.
In addition to directing, Payne has also written a number of screenplays which he both wrote and directed himself including Election (1999), About Schmidt (2002) Sideways (2004) The Descendants (2011). They have been nominated for various Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.
Alexander Payne is a Hollywood Director, screenwriter and occasional actor who has written some of the most critically acclaimed movies in history that have been nominated for Academy Award nominations and Golden Globe Awards.