Ethan Coen

Co-Writer/Director/Producer, Inside Llewyn Davis
Nominated for: Best Feature

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 Ethan produced and co-wrote, received seven Academy Award nominations and won two—including Best Original Screenplay. Among the other films that Ethan 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 his brother Joel Coen.

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 Oscars and the National Board of Review. The film’s cast was voted Best Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture by the Screen Actors Guild, and Javier Bardem won the Screen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor, among other accolades.

The Coens’ 2008 comedy Burn After Reading was nominated for the BAFTA Award and the WGA Award 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 the BAFTA Award and the WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The Coens’ True Grit, released in 2010, was nominated for Oscars in ten categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Jeff Bridges) and Best Supporting Actress (Hallie Steinfeld).

Almost an Evening, comprising three of Ethan’s short plays, 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.

In 2011, Ethan’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.