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 film, Burn After Reading, was nominated for the BAFTA Award and the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay. Their most recent film, A Serious Man, received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and for Best Original Screenplay and was also 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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Ethan Coen Facts
|Director, Producer, Screenwriter
|September 21, 1957 (66)
|Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
|2008 Academy Awards: Best Director - with Joel Coen (for No Country For Old Men)
|2008 BAFTA Awards: Best Director - with Joel Coen (for No Country For Old Men)