Award-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne has been selected by the board of directors of the American Cinema Editors (ACE) to be honored with the organization’s prestigious Golden Eddie filmmaker of the year award. The award will be presented at the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards ceremony on Feb. 18 in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Payne’s most recent film The Descendants won the Golden Globe award for best motion picture (drama) and is nominated for five Academy Awards including best director and best film editing for Payne’s long-time editor Kevin Tent, A.C.E. The Descendants has already won several industry honors including the National Board of Review (best adapted screenplay). Payne recently produced the acclaimed comedy from Miguel Arteta, Cedar Rapids and serves as executive producer of the HBO series Hung starring Thomas Jane.
Payne worked in various capacities in film and television before directing and writing his first feature film, Citizen Ruth, which launched him on to the scene in 1996 as a promising new voice in American film. He followed up with the critically acclaimed Election for which he received his first Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay. That same year he was also lauded by the Los Angeles Film Critics with their New Generation Award, was nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards (winning three for screenplay, best independent feature and best director), along with several other industry honors. Payne’s long time editor, Kevin Tent, received his first ACE Eddie nomination that year for his work on the film.
Payne’s next feature film earned Oscar nominations for his two stars, Jack Nicholson and Kathy Bates and a Golden Globe for Payne and his long-time writing partner, Jim Taylor, for best screenplay. With the arrival of Payne’s next project Sideways, he had already established himself as one of the most accomplished voices in American film. A hit with critics and audiences, Sideways was honored with five Academy Awards including best picture and best director, and provided Payne with his first Oscar win for best adapted screenplay, shared with Taylor. He and Taylor also won the BAFTA award for best adapted screenplay and five Critics Choice movie awards including best adapted screenplay and best picture of the year. Payne was also nominated for his first Directors Guild of America honor for Sideways and won two Golden Globe Awards for best screenplay and best motion picture (comedy or musical). Sideways earned six Independent Spirit Awards and won all categories in which it competed, including best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay. The film was recognized as the best picture of the year by over 50 critics organizations including the National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics and New York Film Critics.