Fast Facts

  • Family is of Greek descent; his paternal grandfather Anglicized the family name from Papadopoulos.
  • Studied abroad in Spain at the University of Salamanca.
  • Set and filmed his early movies (Citizen Ruth, Election and About Schmidt) in his hometown of Omaha.
  • Discovered Chris Klein while scouting schools for Election and cast him as the male lead in the film.
  • On the Board of Directors of Film Streams, a non-profit movie theater in Omaha.

Awards

  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2004, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2013, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • George Payne II — Brother
  • Sandra Oh — Ex-wife
  • George Payne — Father
  • Peggy Payne — Mother

College

  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA (BA in Spanish and History, 1983); University of California, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Los Angeles, CA (MFA, 1990)

Details

  • Birth Name: Constantine Alexander Payne
  • Birth Place: Omaha, NE
  • Birthday: February 10, 1961, Aquarius
  • Profession: Director, Writer, Producer
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