Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne to address UNL grads
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Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne to address UNL grads

LA Premiere of "Downsizing"

Alexander Payne, the director and co-writer of "Downsizing"

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.

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.


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