JOEL COEN (Writer/Director/Producer) was honored at the Cannes
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 named Best Director by the New York
Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, and the British Academy of
Film and Television Arts for 1996's Fargo; and he 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 and an Academy Award for Best Adapted
Screenplay. Other films that he has directed and co-written are Intolerable
Cruelty, The Big Lebowksi, The Hudsucker Proxy, Miller's Crossing, Raising
Arizona and Blood Simple. Coen co-directed and co-wrote the 2004 comedy The
Ladykillers and Inside Llewyn Davis with Ethan.
In 2007, the Coen brothers were honored with numerous accolades for their
adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, including the Directors
Guild of America, BAFTA, and Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and
Best Adapted Screenplay. The film also won 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
National Board of Review. The film's cast won Best Outstanding Performance by a
Cast in a Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild, and Javier Bardem won the
SAG and Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor, among other accolades, for his
role in this film.
The Coens' 2008 comedy Burn After Reading was nominated for BAFTA and WGA awards
for Best Original Screenplay. The brothers' next film, A Serious Man, received
Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and
was also nominated for BAFTA and WGA awards for Best Original Screenplay.
The Coens' True Grit, released in 2010, was nominated for Academy Awards in 10
categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best
Actor (Jeff Bridges) and Best Supporting Actress (Hailee Steinfeld).
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