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Filmmaker Payne to address U of Nebraska-Lincoln graduates

February 15, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne is scheduled to deliver the undergraduate commencement address May 5 for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The university says Payne, who graduated from high school in Omaha, also will be given an honorary doctorate of fine arts.

He 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.

Payne has been nominated for seven Academy Awards and won two for best adapted screenplay for “Sideways” and “The Descendants.”

Payne earned a bachelor’s at Stanford University and a master of fine arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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