The grandson of Greek immigrants, ALEXANDER PAYNE (Director)
grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, where he was educated by Jesuits. He later studied
History and Spanish Literature at Stanford University before earning an MFA in
Film Directing at UCLA.
His first two feature films were the comedies "Citizen Ruth" (1996) and "Election" (1999). About Schmidt premiered in competition at the Cannes Film
Festival in 2002. Both "Sideways" (2004) and "The Descendants" (2011) won
Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and were nominated for four others,
including Best Picture and Best Director. Four of his six feature films were
filmed in Nebraska.
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