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Filmmaker Alexander Payne is responsible for such critically acclaimed films as Sideways (2004), The Descendants (2011) and Nebraska (2013).
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Payne directed the show's pilot as well.
The Descendants stars George Clooney as a Hawaiian lawyer who finds himself facing the impending death of his comatose wife while trying to cope with learning about her infidelity. The film earned great accolades from critics and added another Academy Award for adapted screenplay to Payne's mantle.
Continuing to excel as a filmmaker,
Payne returned to his home state for the family dramatic comedy Nebraska (2013), in turn helping Bruce Dern give one of the best performances of his career. Dern plays Woody Grant, an elderly man who believes that he has won $1 million from a sweepstakes mailing. Woody takes his youngest son, played by actor/comedian Will Forte, on a trip to go collect his winnings while Woody's wife (June Squibb) tries to get him to snap back in reality. Both Payne, his cast and the film itself received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.
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