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Joel and Ethan Coen
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Ethan Coen and Joel Coen at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival
Born
Joel David Coen
Ethan Jesse Coen

November 29, 1954 (1954-11-29) (age 65) (Joel)
September 21, 1957 (1957-09-21) (age 63) (Ethan)
St. Louis Park, Minnesota, U.S.
Other names Roderick Jaynes
Occupation Film directors, producers, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers
Years active 1984–present
Notable work
Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men, True Grit
Spouse(s) Frances McDormand (Joel)
Tricia Cooke (Ethan)

Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen are movie directors, producers and screenwriters. They are brothers and always work together. They have won many awards including the Academy Award (Oscar) four times and the Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival. Their movies are different genres. They sometimes make movies that are funny like Raising Arizona or movies with a lot of violence like No Country For Old Men. They can also mix both styles like, for example in Fargo.

They write, direct and produce their movies and they share the credits. People sometimes call them "A two-headed director" because when actors who work in their movies have a question they can ask either Joel or Ethan and get the same answer.

Biography

Joel was born on November 29, 1954 and Ethan on September 21, 1957 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota near Minneapolis in the United States. Their parents were teachers, their father taught economy and their mother art history. Joel bought a camera and with it they started making new versions of the movies they saw on television.

When they finished high school, Joel studied movie at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Massachusetts and Ethan studied philosophy at Princeton University.

Personal life

They are married. Joel married actress Frances McDormand in 1984 (she has acted in six of their movies). Ethan is married to Tricia Cook who edits their movies. They live in New York with their families.

Awards

Academy Awards

The Coen brothers are two of only seven directors with three Oscars for the same movie.

1991: Barton Fink

1996: Fargo

2000: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2001: The Man Who Wasn't There

2007: No Country for Old Men

2009: A Serious Man

  • Best Picture (nominated)
  • Best Screenplay – Original (nominated)

2010: True Grit

BAFTA Awards

1996: Fargo

2000: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2001: The Man Who Wasn't There

2007: No Country for Old Men

2008: Burn After Reading

2009: A Serious Man

2010: True Grit

Berlin Film Festival

1998: The Big Lebowski

Cannes Film Festival

1991: Barton Fink

  • Best Actor (John Turturro, won)
  • Best Director (Joel Coen, won)
  • Palme d'Or (Joel Coen, won – unanimously)

1994: The Hudsucker Proxy

  • Palme d'Or (Joel Coen, nominated)

1996: Fargo

  • Best Director (Joel Coen, won)
  • Palme d'Or (Joel Coen, nominated)

2000: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

  • Palme d'Or (Joel Coen, nominated)

2001: The Man Who Wasn't There

  • Best Director (Joel Coen, won – tied with David Lynch for Mulholland Dr.)
  • Palme d'Or (Joel Coen, nominated)

2004: The Ladykillers

  • Jury Prize (Irma P. Hall, won – for her acting)
  • Palme d'Or (nominated)

2007: No Country for Old Men

  • Palme d'Or (nominated)

Filmography

Year Movie Director
credit
Academy Award Golden Globe BAFTA
Nominations Wins Nominations Wins Nominations Wins
1984 Blood Simple Joel
1987 Raising Arizona
1990 Miller's Crossing
1991 Barton Fink 3 1
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy
1996 Fargo 7 2 4 6 1
1998 The Big Lebowski
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2 2 1 5
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There 1 3 1 1
2003 Intolerable Cruelty
2004 The Ladykillers Joel & Ethan
2007 No Country for Old Men 8 4 4 2 9 3
2008 Burn After Reading 2 3
2009 A Serious Man 2 1 1
2010 True Grit 10 8 1
2012 Inside Llewyn Davis
Total 33 6 17 3 36 6

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