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Alexander Payne

Producer, Director, Writer
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Net worth 2018: $950,000
Industry: Producer
Residence:  Omaha, Nebraska, USA
BirthDay: 10 February 1961
Sigh: Pisces
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
BIOGRAPHY

Director, producer and screenwriter Alexander Payne was born in Omaha, Nebraska. His parents, Peggy (Constantine) and George Payne, ran a Greek restaurant. His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent; the family name was originally Papadopoulos. He has two older brothers.Alexander attended Stanford University, where he majored in Spanish and History. He then went on to study film at UCLA Film School. His university thesis film was screened at the Sundance film festival, which led to him being backed by Miramax to write and direct Citizen Ruth (1996). Payne prefers to have control over his movies, from scripts to cast.

TIMELINE
2013

President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 2013

2012

Michael Haneke's Amour (2012) I think is the only true masterpiece we've had in the last how-many years

2007

[re I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)] "Chuck and Larry" was a disappointment

2006

All of his full-length feature films (thus not counting his segment on Paris, je t'aime (2006)) since About Schmidt (2002) have earned one of their male leads an Academy Award nomination: Jack Nicholson for About Schmidt (2002), Thomas Haden Church for Sideways (2004); George Clooney for The Descendants (2011), and Bruce Dern for Nebraska (2013)

2005

Everytime he was nominated for the Best Director Oscar, Martin Scorsese was nominated in the same category alongside him: first in 2005 when Payne was nominated for Sideways (2004) and Scorsese for The Aviator (2004), then in 2012 when Payne was nominated for The Descendants (2011) and Scorsese for Hugo (2011) and finally in 2014 when Payne was nominated for Nebraska (2013) and Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

2004

Who else is good? One of the best films I've seen this century is an Uruguayan film from a few years ago called Whisky (2004)

2002

One of his motivations to move the title character of About Schmidt (2002) from New York City in the novel to Payne's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska was as a tribute to the great history of "creative" people that hail from that small Midwestern city

2000

Did an uncredited polishing-up of the final draft of Meet the Parents (2000)

1999

[on Reese Witherspoon in Election (1999)] She inhabited that role fully, but she can do all these other roles

1996

Worked with both Laura Dern and her mother Diane Ladd in Citizen Ruth (1996), and then years later with her father Bruce Dern in Nebraska (2013)

1990

Graduated in 1990 from UCLA Filmschool with a MFA in Theater Arts

1960

Although he couldn't imagine Psycho (1960) in color, because it's much more chilling in black and white, the film was remade in color as Psycho (1998) to universal disapproval

1917

A serious film buff and scholar, Payne paid to have the silent 1917 Chaplin/"Little Tramp" film short The Adventurer (1917) restored and shown at the Il Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Italy in 2013, where he also introduced it, in Italian and English

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