A SERIOUS MAN
JOEL COEN was honored by the Cannes International Film Festival in 2001, as Best
Director for The Man Who Wasn't There, and in 1991, as Best Director for Barton Fink.
He was honored as Best Director by the New York Film Critics Circle, the National
Board of Review, and the BAFTA Awards for 1996's Fargo; and also won the Academy
Award for Best Original Screenplay for Fargo, which he co-wrote with his brother Ethan.
The screenplay for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, also co-written with Ethan, was
nominated for a BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Other films that he has directed and co-written are Intolerable Cruelty; The Big
Lebowski; The Hudsucker Proxy; Miller's Crossing; Raising Arizona; and Blood Simple.
He co-directed and co-wrote the 2004 comedy The Ladykillers with Ethan. Joel and
Ethan Coen's 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men brought
them the Directors Guild of America, BAFTA, and Academy Awards; the Golden Globe
Award for Best Screenplay; Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay from the
New York Film Critics Circle; and Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay from the
Oscars and the National Board of Review. The film's cast was voted the Screen Actors
Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Javier
Bardem won the Screen Actors Guild and Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor,
among other accolades.
Joel and Ethan Coen's most recent film, Burn After Reading, was nominated for the
BAFTA Award and the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay.
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