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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Global Greeks at the Oscars: The Descendants - 6th Oscar Nomination for Alexander Payne

The 84th Academy Awards take place tonight in Los Angeles and this year all of us in the Global Greek World are proud to see one of our Global Greeks amongst the nominees once again

Alexander Payne

We will all be hoping to see
Alexander Payne, Greek American Director and Screenwriter and one of our Global Greek of the Year Nominees,  get his 2nd Oscar, this time for The Descendants with the inimitable George Clooney and a very talented Shailene Woodley

The Descendants has been nominated for 5 Oscars and is, like all Payne's films, about the complexities of life, death and family relations. In this case they challenge a man faced with losing his wife. When Elizabeth King is left comatose following an accident, her husband Matt finds himself thrust into the unfamiliar role of caregiver to their two daughters, while at the same time facing a difficult financial decision that may put him at odds with other family members....

Alexander Payne's success at the Golden Globes for The Descendants started the ball rolling for his 6th Oscar nomination.  It was wonderfu to see Alexander Payne and the rest of his Global Greek Dream Team, Jim Gianopulos and Phedon Papamichael, present when The Descendants opened Greece's Thessaloniki Film Festival in 2011. All three are board members of the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF)

Jim Gianopulos
Source: LAGFF

 Phedon Papamichael 
Source: LAGFF
Payne's Ad Hominem Enterprises and Gianopulos' Fox Searchlight Pictures have already won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Drama) for THE DESCENDANTS while Phedon Papamichael served as Director of Photography. 

The Descendants also won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for George Clooney, whilst Alexander Payne,
Nat Faxon & Jim Rash recently won Best Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards for the film!

We'll all be keeping our fingers crossed tonight! From all of us at Global Greek World we wish your latest film all the very best!
Καλή Επιτυχία, Αλέξανδρε!  

Good Luck, Alexander!

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