Alexander Payne is an Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter, and producer. Alexander Payne received his first Academy Award in 2004 for his fourth theatrically released feature Sideways. This was the first of two Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars that he would share with different writing teams. The second came for his next film, 2011’s The Descendants. Both Sideways and The Descendants received five Academy Award nominations overall including dual Best Director nods for Payne.
Alexander Payne's filmography includes the films Nebraska, Election, About Schmidt, and Downsizing.
Alexander Payne is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and attended the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.