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'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' 'Slave' lead a competitive Oscar field

'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' 'Slave' lead a competitive Oscar field

"Gravity" and "American Hustle" go into Sunday's Oscar race in Los Angeles with 10 nods apiece, while "12 Years a Slave" is close behind with nine nominations.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Oscars 2014: A Brief Look at the Nominees

Oscars 2014: A Brief Look at the Nominees

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A brief look at some of this year's Academy Award contenders.
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Aaron Sorkin to be presented with Screenwriters Tribute at film fest

Aaron Sorkin to be presented with Screenwriters Tribute at film fest

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Aaron Sorkin is to be presented with the Screenwriters Tribute at the 19th annual Nantucket Film Festival in Massachusetts.
'Gravity,' 'Hustle' each earn 10 Oscar nominations

'Gravity,' 'Hustle' each earn 10 Oscar nominations

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- "Gravity" and "American Hustle" led the field with 10 nods apiece when Oscar nominations were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.
'12 Years a Slave' leads field with 7 Independent Spirit Award nods

'12 Years a Slave' leads field with 7 Independent Spirit Award nods

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Director Steve McQueen's epic "12 Years a Slave" led the field with seven nods, including Best Feature, when nominations were announced in Los Angeles.
'Blue Is the Warmest Color' takes Palme d'Or at Cannes

'Blue Is the Warmest Color' takes Palme d'Or at Cannes

CANNES, France, May 26 (UPI) -- "Blue Is the Warmest Color" won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes festival in France and its two stars were awarded a share of the prize with their director .
Works by Soderbergh, the Coen brothers among Cannes film fest lineup

Works by Soderbergh, the Coen brothers among Cannes film fest lineup

CANNES, France, April 18 (UPI) -- Movies by Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski and Alexander Payne will be competing at France's Cannes Film Festival next month, organizers said.
'The Artist' wins Best Picture Oscar

'The Artist' wins Best Picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- "The Artist," a low-budget, black-and-white valentine to cinema's silent era, was named Best Picture at the Oscars in Los Angeles Sunday night.
'Artist,' 'Descendants' win big at Spirit Awards

'Artist,' 'Descendants' win big at Spirit Awards

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- "The Artist" was declared Best Feature at the 27th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards ceremony in Santa Monica, Calif., Saturday.
Director: 'Descendants' mirrors real life

Director: 'Descendants' mirrors real life

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Hollywood writer-director-producer Alexander Payne says he is pleased people recognize the tone of his Best Picture Oscar contender "The Descendants" is reflective of real life.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

'Descendants' wins Scripter award

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Box-office hit "The Descendants" won the 24th annual University of Southern California Libraries Scripter Award for best screenplay.
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Spielberg, Pitt, Streep attend Oscar lunch

Spielberg, Pitt, Streep attend Oscar lunch

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Steven Spielberg were among those who attended Monday's Oscar nominees luncheon in Los Angeles.
'Hugo' leads with 11 Oscar nods

'Hugo' leads with 11 Oscar nods

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" led the field with 11 nods, including one for Best Picture, when Oscar nominations were announced in Los Angeles Tuesday.
'Artist,' 'Descendants' take top Globes

'Artist,' 'Descendants' take top Globes

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- "The Descendants" and "The Artist" won the top-film prizes at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
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Executive Producer Alexander Payne arrives for the premiere of the film "The Savages" at the Eccles Theatre during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 19, 2007. (UPI Photo/David Silpa)
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Constantine Alexander Payne (born February 10, 1961) is an American Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter. His films are noted for their dark humour and satirical depictions of contemporary American society. His films also revolve around adultery in marriage and relationships. He also tends to set his films in Omaha. He has scenes of historical landmarks and museums in his films, and tends to use actual people for minor roles (real cops play cops, real teachers play teachers, etc.). He frequently incorporates telephone monologues as a dramatic device. He also tends to cast actor Phil Reeves in his films. He is on the short list of directors who have final cut rights for their films. In 2005 he became a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Directors Branch). His writing partner is Jim Taylor.

Payne, a Greek American (his grandfather's family name was Anglicized from Papadopoulos), was born in Omaha, Nebraska to parents who were restaurant owners. He grew up in the same neighborhood as billionaire Warren Buffett, attended Creighton Preparatory School high school and later Stanford University where he double majored in Spanish and History. As a part of his Spanish degree, he studied at the University of Salamanca (Spain). Payne got his MFA in 1990 from the UCLA Film School.

Payne worked in various capacities on films and television before he wrote and directed his first full-length film Citizen Ruth in 1995. His film Election, starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, which takes aim at politics and education in America, attracted attention when New Yorker film critic David Denby named it the best film of 1999. Payne was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay for Election. In 2000 he did an uncredited polish-up of the screenplay for the comedy hit Meet The Parents. In 2001 Payne wrote a draft of Jurassic Park III. In 2003 he received a Golden Globe for his screenplay for About Schmidt, which also won the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. To the surprise of many who kept track of Hollywood news, Payne and his writing partner Jim Taylor were not nominated for an Oscar for the About Schmidt screenplay. He won both the Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2005 for Best Screenplay for Sideways while the film also won the Golden Globe for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy. In total, Sideways received five Academy Award Nominations. Payne served as an executive producer on the films King of California and The Savages. He also teamed up once again with writing partner Jim Taylor to write a draft of the screenplay for the film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, a comedy directed by Dennis Dugan starring Adam Sandler and Kevin James. Payne disliked the final product, stating that Adam Sandler rewrote so much of the story that almost all of what Payne and Taylor wrote was gone.

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