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Alexander Payne - Biography, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Filmography

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Born February 10, 1961, Omaha, Nebraska, USA - American producer, director, screenwriter and actor.

Graduated from Stanford University, where he studied history and Spanish to a large extent. To improve his level of knowledge of Spanish, he studied at the University of Salaman (Spain). In 1990 he received his Master of Arts degree from the School of Theater, Film and Television.

Payne worked for several years in film and television before in 1996 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Citizen Ruth. His film, Upstart, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, is about politics and education in America and gained attention when The New Yorker film critic David Denby named it Best Film of 1999. In 2000, Payne was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.

In the same year he tried to write a script for the comedy Meet the Parents, but his version was rejected. In 2001 he took part in the creation of the script for "Jurassic Park III". Two years later, Alexander Payne won a Golden Globe for the screenplay for About Schmidt, which also won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Many were surprised that Payne and his regular co-writer Jim Taylor were not even nominated for an Oscar for this script. In 2005, Payne won both a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Oscar for the screenplay for Sideways. Also, this motion picture received the Golden Globe Award in the Best Film - Musical or Comedy category. In total, On the Sidelines received five Oscar nominations.
has also produced the films My Dad Is Crazy and The Savages. In addition, Payne and Jim Taylor were involved in writing the screenplay for Dennis Dugan's comedy Chuck and Larry: The Fire Wedding. Payne didn't like the final script because Adam Sandler changed the whole story so much that almost everything Payne and Taylor wrote was removed.

Payne's films are about adultery and human relationships. In addition, he tries to shoot his films in Omaha. In some scenes, he likes to show historical monuments and museums. In his films, real people are often shot in episodic roles (real teachers play teachers, real policemen play policemen, and so on). Telephone monologues are often used as a dramatic device in his films. Payne is one of the few directors who, independently of the studio bosses, can direct a film's editing.

In 2005, he became a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Directors' Division). Jim Taylor is a regular contributor.

Payne's two most recent projects, Descendants (2011) and Nebraska (2013), address the topic of family relationships in detail. Both films were nominated for Best of the Year Oscars, and Payne was awarded his second career statuette for the screenplay for Descendants.

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