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      Alexander Payne

      Alexander Payne

      Highest Rated: 97% Sideways (2004)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Gray Matters (2006)

      Birthday: Feb 10, 1961

      Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

      Throughout his critically acclaimed career, writer-director Alexander Payne showed a remarkably poignant vision with his films, in which the often quirky set-up was merely a launching point for a seriocomic exploration into human foibles. With "Citizen Ruth" (1996), Payne examined the gravely serious issue of reproductive rights, an unlikely subject for what turned out to be an adroit satire that managed to both present and rankle both sides of the issue. For his next film, "Election" (1999), he used a seemingly inconsequential high school presidential race to plumb the darkest recesses of our mutable human nature. Then there was "About Schmidt" (2002), which used a cross country journey to depict an anchorless average man trying to make sense of his life. But Payne - alongside longtime writing partner Jim Taylor - had perhaps his greatest critical success with "Sideways" (2004), an excursion into wine country that explored the unlikely friendship of two men struggling with their perceived failures. "Sideways" earned Payne numerous accolades, including an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. His critically acclaimed drama "The Descendants" (2011) also earned rave reviews and its director another Best Screenplay Oscar, all of which helped cement his reputation as a visionary filmmaker adept at making unflinching films depicting the more uncomfortable aspects of human nature.

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      Movies

      Credit
      83% 92% Small Town Wisconsin Executive Producer - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Frank: Somewhere Out There Unknown (Character) - 2018
      47% 23% Downsizing Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $24.4M 2017
      54% 52% Crash Pad Executive Producer - 2017
      88% 62% Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Executive Producer $621.1K 2014
      91% 83% Nebraska Director $17.6M 2013
      87% 79% The Descendants Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $82.6M 2011
      86% 59% Cedar Rapids Producer $6.9M 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sideways Executive Producer - 2009
      63% 64% King of California Producer $263.7K 2007
      90% 75% The Savages Executive Producer $6.6M 2007
      14% 69% I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Writer $119.7M 2007
      86% 84% Paris, je t'aime Director,
      Writer
      $4.9M 2006
      8% 45% Gray Matters Executive Producer $59.6K 2006
      97% 79% Sideways Director,
      Writer
      $71.5M 2004
      86% 74% About Schmidt Director,
      Writer
      $65.0M 2002
      49% 36% Jurassic Park III Writer $181.2M 2001
      92% 79% Election Director,
      Screenwriter
      $14.9M 1999
      81% 74% Citizen Ruth Director,
      Writer
      $278.5K 1996
      No Score Yet 40% The Passion of Martin Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1991

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% The Colbert Report Guest 2014
      71% 61% Hung Executive Producer,
      Director
      2009-2011