Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, ALEXANDER PAYNE (Directed
by, Screenplay by, and Produced by) 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.
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