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Alexander Payne

Biography

Won the Movie director of the entire year award in the Hand Springs Film Festival for his film Sideways. He graduated from your UCLA College of Theatre, Film and Tv. His movies generally presented dark laughter and satirical depictions of modern American culture. He wedded Sandra Oh on January 1, 2003, as well as the few divorced in 2006. His film The Descendants starred Robert Forster as George Clooney’s father-in-law.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth February 10, 1961
Place Of Birth Omaha, NE
Profession Director
Education Creighton Preparatory School, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Salamanca, Stanford University, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Nationality American
Spouse Maria Kontos, Sandra Oh
Parents George Payne, Peggy Payne
Awards Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Independent Spirit Award for Best Director, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay, Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature Film, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay, Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director, London Film Critics' Circle Award for Film of the Year, National Board of Review Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Robert Award for Best American Film, Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Film, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Director, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay
Nominations Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Film, Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director, Satellite Award for Best Director, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture, AACTA International Award for Best Film, AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay, Bodil Award for Best American Film, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Director, Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Golden Lion, Grand Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival Green Drop Award, Silver Lion for Best Director, Silver Condor Award for Best Foreign Film Not in the Spanish Language, Amanda Award for Best Foreign Film in Theatrical Release
Movies The Descendants, Nebraska, Sideways, About Schmidt, Downsizing, Citizen Ruth, Election, Paris, I Love You, Jurassic Park III, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, King of California, Cedar Rapids, Cinema16: American Short Films, Wanderlust, Inside Out III, Wholphin: Issue 3
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1 Director Chris Columbus said Payne's Sideways (2004) was "a 70s movie in contemporary times".
2 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).
3 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.
4 During an interview to french site Télérama, he stated his desire to work with Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Marion Cotillard, Bérénice Bejo and Jennifer Lawrence. [April 2014].
5 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).
6 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).
7 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. He had also shown the film over 40 years before on his own 8mm projector to his friends back in Omaha, Nebraska when he was growing up.
8 Directed his first feature length film at the age of 35.
9 Graduated film school at the age of 29.
10 Directed 7 actors in Oscar nominated performances: Jack Nicholson, Kathy Bates, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, George Clooney, Bruce Dern, and June Squibb.
11 Among his favorite filmmakers: Akira Kurosawa, Luis Buñuel, Hal Ashby, Martin Scorsese and Sergio Leone.
12 Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Directors Branch) [2005-]
13 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. Other famous people who are originally from Omaha include Henry Fonda, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Montgomery Clift and Nick Nolte.
14 Is a friend of David O. Russell.
15 Did an uncredited polishing-up of the final draft of Meet the Parents (2000).
16 Studied Spanish and History at Stanford.
17 Is on the short list of directors who has final cut rights to his films.
18 Owns the Winnebago driven by Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) in About Schmidt (2002).
19 He grew up down the street from billionaire Warren Buffett.
20 Graduated in 1990 from UCLA Filmschool with a MFA in Theater Arts.
21 Graduate of Stanford University.
22 His father is of Greek and German ancestry, and his mother is of Greek descent. His paternal grandfather, a Greek immigrant, changed the family surname from "Papadopoulos" to "Payne".
23 Studied at the University of Salamanca (Spain).
24 Attended Creighton Prep High School in Omaha, Nebraska


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Downsizing 2017 producer post-production
Crash Pad 2017 executive producer post-production
Run Fast 2014 Short executive producer
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter 2014 executive producer
Breaking Night 2012 Short executive producer
Hung 2009-2011 TV Series executive producer - 26 episodes
L Train 2011 Short executive producer
The Descendants 2011 producer
Cedar Rapids 2011 producer
Saidoweizu 2009 executive producer
King of California 2007 producer
The Savages 2007 executive producer
Gray Matters 2006/I executive producer
The Assassination of Richard Nixon 2004 executive producer
The Passion of Martin 1991 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Downsizing 2017 post-production
Nebraska 2013
The Descendants 2011
Hung 2009 TV Series 1 episode
Paris, je t'aime 2006 segment "14e arrondissement"
Sideways 2004
About Schmidt 2002
Election 1999
Citizen Ruth 1996
Inside Out III 1992 Video
The Passion of Martin 1991
Inside Out 1991 Video episode "My Secret Moments"
Carmen 1985 Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Downsizing 2017 screenplay post-production
The Descendants 2011 screenplay
Saidoweizu 2009 story and characters
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry 2007 screenplay
Paris, je t'aime 2006 segment "14e Arrondissement"
Sideways 2004 screenplay
About Schmidt 2002 screenplay
Jurassic Park III 2001 written by
Election 1999 screenplay
Citizen Ruth 1996 written by
The Passion of Martin 1991
Inside Out 1991 Video written by - segment "My Secret Moments"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paris, je t'aime 2006 Oscar Wilde (segment "Pere-Lachaise")

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carmen 1985 Short

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Passion of Martin 1991

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Passion of Martin 1991 sound editor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Real Violence 2013 Short special thanks
All Good Things 2010 special thanks
Corked 2009 special thanks
Humboldt County 2008 thanks
Imitation Life 2008 thanks
The Visitor 2007/I special thanks
The Replacement Child 2007 Short special thanks
The Motel 2005 thanks
I Heart Huckabees 2004 the producers wish to thank
Bingo 2003 Short special thanks
Committed 2000/I special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Once I Was: The Hal Ashby Story 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Advanced Filmmaking 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Director
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Charlie Rose 2011-2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Colbert Report 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
71st Golden Globe Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Nominee (uncredited)
Alexander Payne Introduction to 'Il Sorpasso' 2014 Documentary short Himself
NYFF51 2013 Short Himself
Trespassing Bergman 2013 Documentary Himself - Interviewee
Días de cine 2013 TV Series Himself
Bergmans video 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself (2012)
The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay / Nominee: Best Director & Nominee: Best Picture
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2012 TV Special Himself
The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2012 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Motion Picture - Drama & Nominee: Best Director / Best Screenplay
Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Imagine 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Wanderlust 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cinema16: American Short Films 2006 Video Himself - Commentary
The Making of 'Sideways' 2005 Video short Himself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Himself - Winner: Best Screenplay / Nominee: Best Director
The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself - Presenter
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing 2004 Documentary Himself
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Screenplay & Nominee: Best Director
Turn Ben Stein On 1999 TV Series Himself
How to Judge Character by the Face 1986 Short Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 CEC Award Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) Nebraska (2013)
2014 Honorary Award Location Managers Guild Awards (LMGA) Eva Monley Award
2014 Audience Award Rotterdam International Film Festival Nebraska (2013)
2013 FIPRESCI Prize Stockholm Film Festival Nebraska (2013)
2012 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2012 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award The Descendants (2011) · Kaui Hart Hemmings (author)
· Nat Faxon (screenwriter)
· Jim Rash (screenwriter)
2012 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon (screenplay)
· Jim Rash (screenplay)
2012 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 AFI Award AFI Awards, USA Movie of the Year The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2012 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Jim Rash
· Nat Faxon
2012 Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award American Cinema Editors, USA
2011 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2011 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Writing, Screenplay - Original/Adapted The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 Audience Award Hawaii International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature The Descendants (2011)
2011 Vision in Film Award Hawaii International Film Festival
2011 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 IFJA Award Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 NYFCO Award New York Film Critics, Online Best Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2006 Robert Robert Festival Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film) Sideways (2004)
2006 Silver Condor Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards Best Foreign Film, Not in the Spanish Language (Mejor Película Extranjera) Sideways (2004)
2005 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Writer Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Director Sideways (2004)
2005 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 Directors' Week Award Fantasporto Special Prize of the Jury Sideways (2004)
2005 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Adapted Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2005 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2005 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 Director of the Year Award Palm Springs International Film Festival Sideways (2004)
2005 Comedy Film Honor US Comedy Arts Festival Best Director Sideways (2004)
2005 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Adapted Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Screenplay - Adapted Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2004 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Feature Sideways (2004) · Michael London
2004 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2004 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 Golden Star Marrakech International Film Festival Sideways (2004)
2004 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Adapted Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Medium Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 SFFCC Award San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Director Sideways (2004)
2004 Seattle Film Critics Award Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2004 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Director - Comedy/Musical Sideways (2004)
2004 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2004 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2003 Imagery Honors Sonoma Valley Film Festival
2003 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2002 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2000 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
2000 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Election (1999)
2000 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
2000 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Election (1999)
2000 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
2000 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
1999 New Generation Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
1999 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
1999 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
1999 Best New Director Valladolid International Film Festival Election (1999)
1996 Best Screenplay Thessaloniki Film Festival Citizen Ruth (1996) · Jim Taylor

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Silver Condor Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards Best Foreign Film, Not in the Spanish Language (Mejor Película Extranjera) Nebraska (2013)
2015 Bodil Bodil Awards Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film) Nebraska (2013)
2014 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2014 Guardian Film Award Guardian Film Awards, UK Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2014 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2014 NCFCA Award North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2014 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2014 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Directing Nebraska (2013)
2014 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Nebraska (2013)
2014 Amanda Amanda Awards, Norway Best Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske kinofilm) Nebraska (2013)
2014 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Best Comedy Director - Film Nebraska (2013)
2013 Bodil Bodil Awards Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film) The Descendants (2011)
2013 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival Nebraska (2013)
2013 Audience Choice Award Chicago International Film Festival Nebraska (2013)
2013 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media The Descendants (2011) · Dondi Bastone (producer)
2013 Art Cinema Award Hamburg Film Festival Nebraska (2013)
2013 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2013 Grand Marnier Fellowship Award New York Film Festival Best Film Nebraska (2013)
2013 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2013 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2013 Best North American Independent Film Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Nebraska (2013)
2013 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2012 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2012 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Jim Rash
· Nat Faxon
2012 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures The Descendants (2011)
2012 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 Humanitas Prize Humanitas Prize Feature Film Category The Descendants (2011) · Jim Rash (writer)
· Nat Faxon (writer)
2012 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Feature The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2012 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2012 IOFCP Award International Online Film Critics' Poll Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Screenwriter of the Year The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Picture The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2012 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 PGA Award PGA Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2012 TFCA Award Toronto Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Motion Picture of the Year The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2012 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Directing The Descendants (2011)
2012 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture The Descendants (2011)
2012 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Screenplay - Motion Picture The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Film The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2012 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Screenwriter The Descendants (2011)
2012 Award of the Argentinean Academy Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Argentina Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) The Descendants (2011)
2012 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Picture The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2012 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2012 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2012 AACTA International Award Australian Film Institute Best Film The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2011 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2011 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 DFCS Award Denver Film Critics Society Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2011 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Feature The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2011 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2011 Best Film London Film Festival The Descendants (2011)
2011 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2011 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay - Adaptation The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2011 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2011 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Director The Descendants (2011)
2011 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Motion Picture The Descendants (2011) · Jim Burke
· Jim Taylor
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Adapted Screenplay of the Decade Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2008 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Screenplay I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007) · Barry Fanaro
· Jim Taylor
2006 Bodil Bodil Awards Best American Film (Bedste amerikanske film) Sideways (2004)
2006 Czech Lion Czech Lions Best Foreign Language Film (Nejlepsí zahranicní film) Sideways (2004)
2005 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2005 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 DGA Award Directors Guild of America, USA Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures Sideways (2004)
2005 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Director Sideways (2004)
2005 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Director of the Year Sideways (2004)
2005 ALFS Award London Critics Circle Film Awards Screenwriter of the Year Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Director Sideways (2004)
2005 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2005 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor (screenwriter)
· Rex Pickett (author)
2005 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Director Sideways (2004)
2005 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Achievement in Directing Sideways (2004)
2005 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture Sideways (2004)
2004 Robert Robert Festival Best American Film (Årets amerikanske film) About Schmidt (2002)
2004 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2003 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Writer About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2003 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Director About Schmidt (2002)
2003 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2003 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Adapted Screenplay About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2003 IOMA Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) Best Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura) About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2003 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2003 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2003 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor (screenwriter)
· Louis Begley (author)
2003 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Adapted Screenplay About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2003 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Director - Motion Picture About Schmidt (2002)
2003 Discover Screenwriting Award American Screenwriters Association, USA About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2002 Palme d'Or Cannes Film Festival About Schmidt (2002)
2000 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Screenplay Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
2000 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Screenplay, Adapted Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
2000 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
2000 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
1999 Golden Spike Valladolid International Film Festival Election (1999)
1996 Grand Jury Prize Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Citizen Ruth (1996)
1996 Golden Alexander Thessaloniki Film Festival Citizen Ruth (1996)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2011 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Adapted Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Nat Faxon
· Jim Rash
2005 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2005 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Director Sideways (2004)
2004 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2004 UFCA Award Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Screenplay Sideways (2004) · Jim Taylor
2003 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Screenplay, Adapted About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2003 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2002 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay About Schmidt (2002) · Jim Taylor
2000 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Screenplay Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
1999 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Screenplay Election (1999) · Jim Taylor
1999 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Adapted Screenplay Election (1999) · Jim Taylor

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Nebraska (2013)
2011 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Screenplay The Descendants (2011) · Jim Rash
· Nat Faxon
2005 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Director Sideways (2004)
2002 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Director About Schmidt (2002)


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#Quote
1 It looks like a game of Battleship. I'll have my computer backed to his computer, cords and cables going in all sorts of directions. It's not the neatest setup, but it's worked for us.
2 I was so burned out with road trip movies that I needed a break from them. That's why I delayed Nebraska and worked on The Descendants instead. Well into production, a friend of mine pointed out, "you know, this movie has a road trip in it as well" and I was like "shit!" I guess I have a type.
3 Ann (Beeder) is my best friend from childhood. I live in L.A. and she lives in New York, but we try to coordinate our trips to Omaha to fall at the same time. When we get there, we always find an adventure for us to go on. The last one was buying King Fong's, an old Chinese restaurant in downtown Omaha that once served as a brothel.
4 [on Hitchcock's Psycho] Can you imagine Psycho in color? There's something chilling about that in black and white. You can't think of it in color. It's a different deal. It's super cool.
5 [asked about some non-American directors he admires] The Thai guy with the unpronounceable name [Apichatpong Weerasethakul], he's good. Interesting rhythms. Weird. He has his own language. Um. 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). I've traditionally followed Pedro Almodóvar. Michael Haneke's Amour (2012) I think is the only true masterpiece we've had in the last how-many years. It's a tremendous film.
6 I don't want everything to be about the fucking Oscars. Does it keep me in business? Yes. The thing I lament is that we see good films only in the light of whether they get an Oscar. Where are those films throughout the year? Not just eight of them bunched up at the end, expecting to gird for battle.
7 [re I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (2007)] "Chuck and Larry" was a disappointment. When Jim (Taylor) and I wrote the script, we went with a dark comedy approach. We knew when (Adam) Sandler was brought on board that he would toss out our work, bring his buddies on board, and turn it into a juvenile slapstick piece. That's fine, but that's not our work. About 5, maybe 10 percent of our script remained.
8 One of cinema's greatest uses or values lies not just in it's ability to capture reality, but to capture or suggest dreams. And silent films excelled from the start in fully embracing the weirdness of real life and dream and how the two can be combined into a story, the likes of which I think, we've not seen in the talkies - a fuller, weirder totality of human experience.
9 When I'm shooting I don't care who the star is. I have an actor playing a part, and I'm serving the script, not serving anyone's career. My hope is that, after twenty minutes, perhaps the audience forgets it is George Clooney or Jack Nicholson and just sees the character.
10 It's my hope that we're getting into an era where the value of a film is based on its proximity to real life rather than its distance from it. To do that, you need actors - stars, basically - who don't necessarily look like Ben Affleck.
11 Where is it written that if you are not getting your money from a studio you have more freedom? If I had tried to make Sideways with independent funding I would have had to secure foreign presales and cast big stars in order to get my budget. This movie took a studio to say 'We're gambling on you. Cast whoever you want.'
12 We don't have movies about ourselves, and we don't have a national film culture. It shouldn't be an epic aspiration to make simple human stories, but it is.
13 While accepting his Director of the Year award for Sideways (2004) at the Palm Spring Film Festival: "I thank you for this award, though I think there may be a problem with a world in which making small, human and humorous films is 'an achievement.' It should be the norm".
14 I want all of my films to belong to me. There is an audience out there for literate films - slower, more observant, more human films, and they deserve to be made. Which is why I want Sideways (2004) to succeed, to encourage other film-makers.
15 When studios entrust big Hollywood blockbusters to strong, intelligent directors, like Steven Soderbergh or Sam Raimi [Spider-Mans 1 and 2] or Alfonso Cuarón [the latest Harry Potter], I say 'God bless 'em', because those films will have legs and might stand the test of time. But if they rely on just product, like two examples from this year, Van Helsing (2004) and Catwoman (2004) - I'm glad they tanked.
16 [on casting] They [the studios] go through that process where they think you have to find the most famous people possible and then they go down the line. That's a game I'm increasingly uninterested in - unless the most famous possible person also happens to be very correct in the part, like Jack Nicholson.
17 [on Reese Witherspoon]: She has such intelligence and humor, so it was a joyous leap of faith. Working with her, I kept thinking of Holly Hunter, she is an actress who is equally at home in character roles and in leads and in comedy and in drama.  Reese has that kind of range, as an actress and as a human being.
18 [on Reese Witherspoon in Election (1999)] She inhabited that role fully, but she can do all these other roles. You see a woman in her, not a girl. She's going to be interesting for a long time.

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1 Features characters that endeavor for self-fulfillment and individualism (Sideways (2004), About Schmidt (2002), Nebraska (2013))).
2 His films often deal with a sense of loneliness depicted by the main character
3 His films often revolve around adultery in marriage and relationships
4 Frequently incoporates telephone monologues as a dramatic device
5 Frequently uses actual people in roles of minor characters in his movies (real life policemen for policemen, real life restaurant servers for servers, real life teachers for teachers)
6 Frequently casts Phil Reeves
7 Frequently films scenes at natural history museums
8 Often sets his films in and around Omaha, Nebraska

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