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JOEL COEN (Director/Screenwriter) was honored as Best Director of 1996 for Fargo by the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review. The screenplay for the film, which he co-wrote with his brother Ethan won an Academy Award and a Writer's Guild Award as Best Original Screenplay of 1996. Frances McDormand won a Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film.

In 1991, Joel was named Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Barton Fink. The film also garnered the Palme D Or Award for Best Picture and a Best Actor Award for John Turturro. Barton Fink was also honored with two New York Film Critics Circle Awards (Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography), three Academy Award nominations (Best Supporting Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design), and one Golden Globe nomination (Best Supporting Actor).

Joel attended New York University Film School, and shortly thereafter began his career as an assistant editor, working on several low-budget horror films, including Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead. It was during this period that he and brother Ethan wrote their first feature film, the stylish crime drama Blood Simple, which Joel subsequently directed and Ethan produced.

The film appeared on several top ten lists of 1985, including Time, The Washington Post and USA Today. Blood Simple was also honored as one of the Best Films of the Year by the National Board of Review.

Joel's subsequent feature film directorial and co-writing credits include Raising Arizona (1987), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink (1991), The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) and Fargo.

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