The Descendants, an adaptation of the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings with a screenplay by Nat Faxon '97, Jim Rash and Alexander Payne, recently won the Golden Globe for Best Picture Drama. The three were also nominated for Best Screenplay but ultimately lost out to Woody Allen. The movie stars George Clooney (who won the Golden Globe for Lead Actor) as a man working to re-connect with his family after his wife suffers a serious injury in a boating accident. He is also struggling to decide whether to sell his family's property on Kauai and consequently destroy the natural landscape with the building of a resort development. Shailene Woodley, who plays Clooney's daughter, was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
Faxon and Rash have written several screenplays and pilots together previously and are currently working on another screenplay for Fox Searchlight as well as directing an original feature they wrote entitled, The Way, Way Back . Faxon has also appeared in various films and television shows as an actor. At Hamilton, he majored in theater and was a member of Sigma Phi.