The men in Alexander Payne’s movies are on a constant journey.
Yesterday’s Oscar nominations came with major snubs, but it certainly wasn’t the first time the Academy stuck it to likely contenders.
Payne’s films don’t have the distinct visual styles of those by Quentin Tarantino or Wes Anderson, but they’re quickly recognizable just the same.
The Descendants is unassumingly superb, and it’s sure to clinch a whole lot of Oscar nominations. Indeed, it’s a Clooney.
Part Coen brothers and part James L. Brooks, Alexander Payne makes comedies about serious stuff like abortion and midlife crises.