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Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne in Karlovy Vary
Birth name Constantine Alexander Payne
Born February 10, 1961 (1961-02-10) (age 46)
Omaha, Nebraska
Spouse(s) Sandra Oh (2003-2006)

Constantine Alexander Payne (born February 10, 1961 in Omaha, Nebraska) is an Academy Award winning American film director and screenwriter. His films are noted for their dark sense of humor and satirical depictions of contemporary American society. His films also revolve around adultery in marriage and relationships. He also tends to set his films in Omaha, Nebraska. He has scenes of historical landmarks and museums in his films, and tends to use actual people for minor roles (real cops play cops, real teachers play teachers, etc.). He frequently incoporates telephone monologues as a dramatic device. He also tends to cast actor Phil Reeves in his films. He is on the short list of directors who have final cut rights for their films. In 2005 he became a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Directors Branch). His writing partner is Jim Taylor. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Karlovy Vary - venue The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is a film festival held annually in July in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad), Czech Republic. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Omaha is the name of some places in the United States: *Omaha, Nebraska (the most familiar one) Omaha, Georgia Omaha, Illinois Omaha, Texas It is also the name of a Native American tribe, after which the city in Nebraska is named; see Omaha (tribe). ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ... Sandra Oh (born July 20, 1971) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated Canadian actress. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... Sideways is a 2004 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy/drama film, co-written and directed by Alexander Payne. ... BAFTA Award The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organisation that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The British Film Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay: 2006: The Last King of Scotland - Peter Morgan and Jeremy Brock Casino Royale - Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis The Departed - William Monahan The Devil Wears Prada - Aline Brosh McKenna Notes on a Scandal - Patrick Marber 2005 - Brokeback Mountain - Larry... Sideways is a 2004 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy/drama film, co-written and directed by Alexander Payne. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... For the main article see Golden Globe Awards. ... About Schmidt is a 2002 American film directed by Alexander Payne and starring Jack Nicholson as Warren Schmidt and Hope Davis as his daughter Jeannie. ... Sideways is a 2004 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy/drama film, co-written and directed by Alexander Payne. ... is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: (Latin) Courageously in every enterprise Location in Nebraska Coordinates: , Country United States State Nebraska County Douglas Founded 1854 Incorporated 1857 Government  - Mayor Michael Fahey (D)  - City Clerk Buster Brown  - City Council District 1: Jim Suttle District 2: Frank Brown District 3: Jim Vokal District 4: Garry Gernandt (Council... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... “Moving picture” redirects here. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... 1867 edition of the satirical magazine Punch, a British satirical magazine, ground-breaking on popular literature satire. ... Phillip Phil Reeves is an American film and television actor and screenwriter. ... Final cut privilege is a film industry term usually used when a director has contractual authority over how a film is ultimately released for public viewing. ... This article is about the screenwriter; Jim Taylor is also an NFL football player. ...


Payne, a Greek American (his grandfather's family name was Anglicized from Papadopoulos), grew up in the same neighborhood as billionaire Warren Buffett. He went to Creighton Preparatory School for high school. He attended Stanford University, where he double majored in Spanish and History. As a part of his Spanish degree, he studied at the University of Salamanca (Spain). Payne got his MFA in 1990 from the UCLA Film School. He worked in various capacities on films and television before he wrote and directed his first full-length film Citizen Ruth in 1995. A Greek-American is a citizen of the United States who has significant Greek heritage. ... Warren Edward Buffett (b. ... Creighton Preparatory School (often referred to simply as Prep), is a private, Jesuit college prep school for young men; founded in 1878. ... Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and approximately 20 miles northwest of San José in Stanford, California. ... The University of Salamanca (Spanish: Universidad de Salamanca), located in the town of Salamanca, west of Madrid, is the second oldest university in Spain (the first one is the university of Palencia, now disappeared), and one of the oldest in Europe. ... In the United States, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is a terminal graduate degree in an area of visual, plastic, literary or performing arts typically requiring two to three years of study beyond the bachelor level. ... The UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television (TFT), located in Los Angeles, USA, is unique in that it combines all three (theater, film, and television) of these aspects into a single school. ... Citizen Ruth is a 1996 film that tells a story of a poor, irresponsible, and pregnant woman who unexpectedly attracts attention from those involved in the debate about the morality and legality of abortion. ...


His film Election, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, which takes aim at politics and education in America, attracted attention when New Yorker film critic David Denby named it the best film of 1999. Payne was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Election. In 2000 he did an uncredited polish-up of the screenplay for the comedy hit Meet The Parents. In 2001 Payne wrote a draft of Jurassic Park III. In 2003 he received a Golden Globe for his screenplay for About Schmidt which also won the Best Adapted Screenplay award from the Writers Guild of America. To the surprise of many who kept track of Hollywood news, Payne and his writing partner Jim Taylor were not nominated for an Oscar for the About Schmidt screenplay. He won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2005 for Best Screenplay for Sideways while the film also won the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. In total, Sideways received five Academy Award Nominations. Payne served as an executive producer on the films The King of California and The Savages. He also is teaming up once again with writing partner Jim Taylor to write a draft of the screenplay for the upcoming film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a comedy directed by Dennis Dugan starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Election is a 1999 film adapted from a critically acclaimed 1998 novel[1] of the same name by Tom Perrotta. ... Matthew Broderick (born March 21, 1962) is a Tony Award winning American film and stage actor who is perhaps best known for his role as the title character in Ferris Buellers Day Off. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976),[1] known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry and fiction. ... Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films. ... The Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay is one of the Academy Awards, the most prominent film awards in the United States. ... Meet the Parents is a 2000 comedy film starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro. ... Jurassic Park III is a 2001 film that is the third film as part of the Jurassic Park franchise. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... About Schmidt is a 2002 American film directed by Alexander Payne and starring Jack Nicholson as Warren Schmidt and Hope Davis as his daughter Jeannie. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ... Sideways is a 2004 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy/drama film, co-written and directed by Alexander Payne. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ... Dennis Dugan (born September 5, 1946 in Wheaton, Illinois) is an American actor and film director. ... Adam Richard Sandler (born September 9, 1966) is an American comedian, actor, musician, screenwriter, and film producer. ... Kevin James (born April 26, 1965) is an American comedian and Emmy-nominated actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of lead character Doug Heffernan on the television sitcom The King of Queens. ...


He is good friends with fellow directors Jay Roach, Spike Jonze and David O. Russell. Jay Roach (born 1957 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American film director and producer whose credits include the Austin Powers movies, and the hit comedies Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers starring Robert DeNiro and Ben Stiller. ... Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel on October 22, 1969), is an American director of music videos and commercials, and an Academy Award-nominated director and producer in film and television, most notably the 1999 film Being John Malkovich and the 2002 film Adaptation. ... David O. Russell David Owen Russell (born 20 August 1958 in New York) is an American film director and screenwriter. ...


He married Korean-Canadian actress Sandra Oh on January 1, 2003 and directed her in Sideways. On March 12, 2005, a publicist confirmed their separation. The divorce was finalized on December 21, 2006. Sandra Oh (born July 20, 1971) is a Golden Globe Award-winning and Emmy Award-nominated Canadian actress. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see number 200. ... is the 71st day of the year (72nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A publicist is a person whose job is to generate and manage publicity for a public figure, especially a celebrity, or for a work such as a book or movie. ... December 21 is the 355th day of the year (356th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


He is on the Board of Directors of an Omaha non-profit film theater, Film Streams. Omaha is the name of some places in the United States: *Omaha, Nebraska (the most familiar one) Omaha, Georgia Omaha, Illinois Omaha, Texas It is also the name of a Native American tribe, after which the city in Nebraska is named; see Omaha (tribe). ... Film Streams is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of Omaha, Nebraska, and the surrounding region through the presentation and discussion of film. ...


Payne also has a passion in film preservation. In recent years he helped preserve a historic film theater in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Movie theater in downtown Scottsbluff Scottsbluff is a city located in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska. ... Official language(s) English Capital Lincoln Largest city Omaha Largest metro area Omaha Area  Ranked 16th  - Total 77,421 sq mi (200,520 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 0. ...


He wrote in a racist portrayal of Asian men in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ...

Contents

Filmography

Feature Films

Citizen Ruth is a 1996 film that tells a story of a poor, irresponsible, and pregnant woman who unexpectedly attracts attention from those involved in the debate about the morality and legality of abortion. ... Election is a 1999 film adapted from a critically acclaimed 1998 novel[1] of the same name by Tom Perrotta. ... Jurassic Park III is a 2001 film that is the third film as part of the Jurassic Park franchise. ... About Schmidt is a 2002 American film directed by Alexander Payne and starring Jack Nicholson as Warren Schmidt and Hope Davis as his daughter Jeannie. ... Sideways is a 2004 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe Award-winning comedy/drama film, co-written and directed by Alexander Payne. ... This article or section contains a plot summary that is overly long or excessively detailed compared to the rest of the article. ...

Short Films

Paris, je taime (Paris, I love you) is a 2006 film starring several famous (and less famous) American, British and French movie actors, including Nick Nolte, Elijah Wood, Bob Hoskins, Natalie Portman, Gérard Depardieu, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi and Gena Rowlands. ... Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and author of short stories. ...

Student Films

  • The Passion Of Martin (1991)

Books

Coffee table book on coffee table A coffee table book is a hardcover book that rests on a coffee table or similar surface in an area where guests sit and are entertained, thus inspiring conversation or alleviating boredom. ... This article is about the screenwriter; Jim Taylor is also an NFL football player. ... Rex Pickett (July 9, 1952) is an American screenwriter and director, and has also published one novel, Sideways. ...

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This Far by Faith . Daniel Payne | PBS (921 words)
Payne became the premier bishop of the AME Church and was in some ways the most influential African-American Christian in the 19th century.
Payne was born in 1811 to Methodist parents in Charleston, SC.
Payne fled to the North to pursue an education with the Methodist Episcopalians.
MAGAZINE | INDIES | Alexander Payne | VOLUME 27-4: November 2002 (981 words)
Payne began his career as a writer, achieving considerable recognition when he also directed the films, Citizen Ruth (1996) and Election (1999), both of which he co-wrote with Jim Taylor.
Though he is a screenwriter, Payne defends the right of the film director to ultimately control the screenplay.
Payne added that there was "very little improvisation and very little rehearsal" among the actors, a fact assented to by the actors.
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