Ethan Coen

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

  • Worked from 1979 to 1980 as a statistical typist for Macy's in New York City.
  • Edits his films with his brother Joel under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes; they've even been nominated for two Academy Awards under the AKA.
  • Published his first book, the short-story collection Gates of Eden, in 1998; poetry collection The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way followed in 2001.
  • Won Screenwriter of the Year at the London Film Critics Awards in 1996 for Fargo and in 2001 for The Man Who Wasn't There; was nominated for the same award for 1998's The Big Lebowski, all cowritten by brother Joel.
  • Was not officially credited for his codirecting work with Joel until the 2004 comedy The Ladykillers.
  • In 2008, his play Almost an Evening debuted off-Broadway on Atlantic Stage 2...not long after he and his brother were nominated for multiple Oscars for their 2007 film No Country for Old Men. (The film copped four, including the Best Picture award.)
  • 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.
  • In 2011, he and his brother took on a project based somewhat on the career of 1960s folksinger Dave Van Ronk.

Awards

  • 2011, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2010, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2009, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2012, Bodil Awards — American Film of the Year: Nominee
  • 2018, Venice Film Festival — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Nominee
  • 2016, Producers Guild Awards — David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Winner
  • 1986, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2002, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2010, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2001, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 1997, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Winner
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2016, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Nominee
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Winner
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  • 2013, Cannes Film Festival — Grand Prix: Winner
  • 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2008, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Winner
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
  • 2016, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2014, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2019, Producers Guild Awards — David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Nominee
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2013, The International Film Festival CAMERIMAGE — Bronze Frog: Winner
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: Winner
  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Winner
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2007, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
  • 2008, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 1991, Cannes Film Festival — Palme d'Or: Winner
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Motion Picture of the Year: Nominee
  • 1986, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Nominee
  • 2011, Producers Guild Awards — Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: Nominee
  • 2009, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2011, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Director: Nominee
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2008, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
  • 2007, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Director: Winner
  • 1997, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Feature: Winner
  • 2010, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2008, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Writer: Nominee
  • 2010, Independent Spirit Awards — Robert Altman Award: Winner
  • 2009, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee

Relationships

  • Buster — Son
  • Debbie Coen — Sister
  • Joel Coen — Brother
  • Tricia Cooke — Wife
  • Edward Coen — Father
  • Dusty — Daughter
  • Hilary — Ex-wife
  • Rena Coen — Mother

College

  • Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, United States (BA in Philosophy, 1979); attended Simon's Rock College of Bard, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States

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