Alexander Payne, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker from Omaha, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address May 5 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the university has announced.
Payne, who will also receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from UNL, co-wrote and directed films such as "Citizen Ruth," "Election," "About Schmidt," "Sideways," "The Descendants" and 2013's "Nebraska."
His latest film, the sci-fi satire "Downsizing," was released in December. It stars Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau.
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Payne has been nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning two for best adapted screenplay ("Sideways" and "The Descendants"). "Sideways" also won the Golden Globe for best motion picture-musical or comedy of 2004.
Payne graduated from Creighton Prep in Omaha and earned a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Nebraska's spring commencement ceremonies are May 4 and 5 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.