Alexander Payne

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Alexander Payne earned his MFA in Film at UCLA and now makes comedies. He debuted with Citizen Ruth (1996) and followed up with Election (1999), which won Best Screenplay awards from the Writers’ Guild of America and the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. About Schmidt (2002), premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and opened the New York Film Festival. Sideways (2004) won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for four others, including Best Picture and Best Director.