Adapting "The Descendents," based on Kaui Hart Hemmings' novel of the same name, was a fluid, organic process, said Alexander Payne, right, backstage after the film won the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay. Screenwriters Jim Rash, left, and Nat Faxon, he says, gave him myriad directions to take the material in. "They paved a path for me because they'd been through the book quite a few times," said Payne. "They gave me the luxury to pick and choose what I responded to. What I didn't keep was as much screen time with the younger daughter."
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