ETHAN COEN (Writer/Director/Producer) 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 British
Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards, and two Golden Globe Awards
One of 1996's most honored films, Fargo, which Coen produced and co-wrote,
received seven Academy Award nominations and won two, including Best Original
Screenplay. Among the other films that Coen 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 and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) with his brother Joel.
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 (SAG), 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 Writers
Guild of America awards for Best Original Screenplay. Their 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
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).
Almost an Evening, comprising three of Coen's one-act plays, was staged in 2008
off-Broadway by Neil Pepe at the Atlantic Stage 2 Theater and then at the
Bleecker Street Theater. In 2009, Pepe staged Coen's three one-act plays under
the title Offices at the Atlantic.
In 2011, Coen's one-act play Talking Cure-along with one-act plays by Elaine May
and Woody Allen, under the collective title Relatively Speaking-was staged on
Broadway by John Turturro.
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