Joel Coen

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  • Birth Place: St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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Fast Facts

  • Prior to 2004's The Ladykillers, always took the directing credits while brother Ethan took the producing credits; actually, they both did everything.
  • Edits all of his films with Ethan under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes; they've even been nominated for two Academy Awards under the AKA. 
  • Made directorial debut with Blood Simple, which won him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Director in 1985.
  • Won the 1991 Cannes International Film Festival Golden Palm for best film for Barton Fink, and was nominated in 1994 for The Hudsucker Proxy and in 1996 for Fargo.
  • Became first to direct his own wife to an Oscar when Frances McDormand won Best Actress for Fargo.
  • Won Best Director for Fargo at the 1996 Independent Spirit Awards, the London Film Critics Awards, the National Board of Review Awards, the San Diego Film Critics Awards and the Florida Film Critics Awards.
  • Has codirected commercials for the Gap, Budweiser and H&R Block with Ethan.
  • In 2009, directed, along with Ethan, a TV commercial critical of the use of coal as an environmentally safe way to produce electrity.
  • Once called the sitcom Petticoat Junction his favorite TV show.
  • The 2009 film A Serious Man (another effort with his brother) was notable in that it reflected the Coens' Jewish backgrounds as it examined Judaism and faith; Joel notes that “there’s no doubt that our Jewish heritage affects how we see things.” The brothers received Israel’s million-dollar Dan David prize for the film.

Awards

  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2011, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2012, Bodil Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2007, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 2001, Cannes Film Festival — Best Director: Winner
  • 1985, Sundance Film Festival — Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic: Winner
  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Winner
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2002, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Film: Winner
  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 2010, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Writer: Nominee
  • 1996, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 2013, The International Film Festival CAMERIMAGE — Bronze Frog: Winner
  • 1996, Cannes Film Festival — Best Director: Winner
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 1986, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2010, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2016, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1991, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1986, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1991, Cannes Film Festival — Best Director: Winner
  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2008, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
  • 2008, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2010, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
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  • 2013, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
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  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2009, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2011, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Winner
  • 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1997, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 2016, Producers Guild Awards — David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Winner
  • 2015, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee

Relationships

  • Debbie Coen — Sister
  • Frances McDormand — Wife
  • Edward Coen — Father
  • Rena Coen — Mother
  • Pedro McDormand Coen — Son
  • Ethan Coen — Brother

College

  • Bard College at Simon's Rock, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BA in Film, 1978); attended University of Texas, Austin, Texas, United States

Details

  • Birth Place: St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States
  • Profession: Director, Screenwriter, Producer