THE BIG LEBOWSKI
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
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
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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