Following on his win seven years ago with the comedy-drama "Sideways," Alexander Payne has landed another Academy Award for adapted screenplay, for "The Descendants."
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With "The Descendants" and "Midnight in Paris" drawing WGA wins, awards season has entered the final stretch, with the Independent Spirit Awards this Saturday and the Oscars on Sunday.
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"The Descendants" tackles some of the prickliest issues a contempo family can face with such sensitivity that it's hardly noticeable you're being enlightened while entertained.
George Clooney is circling the lead in the Alexander Payne-helmed family dramedy "The Descendants" for Fox Searchlight.