Celebrated author and screenwriter Rex Picket’s book Sideways became the basis for the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Alexander Payne/Fox Searchlight release of 2004. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning the Oscar for best adapted screenplay. It also won the prestigious Writers Guild Award for best adapted screenplay, two Golden Globe Awards for best screenplay and best picture (musical or comedy), five New York Film Critics Circle Awards, including best picture and best screenplay, five Los Angeles Film Critics Awards, again including best picture and best screenplay. It swept the Indie Spirit Awards with six wins and won too many other year-end awards to enumerate here. In all it won a total of 350 year-end awards in all categories. Rex’s novel has sold over 150,000 copies and has been translated into twelve languages. In 2008, the Writers Guild of America voted it one of 101 Greatest Screenplays of all time. Rex has just come out with the follow-up book to Sideways, Vertical. Rex is also writing the pilot for a comedy series for HBO with Leverage Management (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage). In addition, Rex will be doing the stage adaptation of Sideways for the Ruskin Group Theater in Santa Monica which will premiere this fall.