A SERIOUS MAN
ETHAN COEN has produced and co-written such critically acclaimed films as Miller's
Crossing, Barton Fink, which won the Palme d'Or [Best Picture], Best Director, and Best
Actor (John Turturro) Awards at the 1991 Cannes International Film Festival; and O
Brother, Where Art Thou?, which was nominated for two Academy Awards, five BAFTA
Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards (winning one).
One of 1996's most honored films, Fargo, which he produced and co-wrote, received
seven Academy Award nominations and won two, including Best Original Screenplay
for Ethan and his brother Joel. Among the other films that he has co-written and
produced are Blood Simple; Raising Arizona; The Hudsucker Proxy; The Big Lebowski;
The Man Who Wasn't There; and Intolerable Cruelty.
He co-directed and co-wrote the 2004 comedy The Ladykillers with Joel. 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 and Awards; the Golden Globe
Award for Best Screenplay; Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay from the
New York Film Critics Circle; 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.
Almost an Evening, comprising three short plays by Ethan Coen, was staged in 2008
off-Broadway by Neil Pepe at the Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2 and then at the
Bleecker Street Theater; in 2009, the same director and company staged his three new
short plays under the title Offices.
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