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Ethan Coen Biography

Birth Place:
St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States
Profession
Screenwriter, director, producer, editor

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

  • 2018Venice Film Festival-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Limited Series: nominated
  • 2016Producers Guild Awards-David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: winner
  • 2016BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2016Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Limited Series: nominated
  • 2015Producers Guild Awards-David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: winner
  • 2015Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2015Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2014Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2013National Board of Review-Best Original Screenplay: winner
  • 2013The International Film Festival CAMERIMAGE-Bronze Frog: winner
  • 2013Cannes Film Festival-Grand Prix: winner
  • 2012Bodil Awards-American Film of the Year: nominated
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 2011Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2011BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2011Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2011Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: nominated
  • 2010Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2010Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2010Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: nominated
  • 2010Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 2010Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2010Independent Spirit Awards-Best Director: nominated
  • 2010Independent Spirit Awards-Robert Altman Award: winner
  • 2010London Film Critics Association-Best Director: nominated
  • 2010BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2009BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2009Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2009Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): nominated
  • 2009Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2009Boston Society of Film Critics-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2009National Society of Film Critics-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2008BAFTA Film Awards-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2008Producers Guild Awards-Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures: winner
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Director - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2008BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 2008BAFTA Film Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Director: winner
  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Writer: nominated
  • 2008Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: winner
  • 2007Directors Guild of America Awards-Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: winner
  • 2007Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2007Oscar-Best Achievement in Directing: winner
  • 2007Golden Satellite Award-Best Adapted Screenplay: nominated
  • 2007Phoenix Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2007San Francisco Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner
  • 2007Southeastern Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2007St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2007Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2007Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2007Washington D.C. Film Critics Association-Best Director: winner
  • 2007New York Film Critics Circle-Best Director: winner
  • 2007New York Film Critics Circle-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 2007Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): winner
  • 2007Austin Film Critics-Best Adapted Screenplay: winner
  • 2007Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: winner
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 2001BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 2000Oscar-Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): nominated
  • 1997César Awards-Best Foreign Film: nominated
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1997Writers Guild Awards-Original Screenplay: winner
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: winner
  • 1997Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1997BAFTA Film Awards-Best Film: nominated
  • 1997BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Screenplay: nominated
  • 1996Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 1996Oscar-Best Writing (Original Screenplay): winner
  • 1996Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1996Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Screenplay: winner
  • 1991Cannes Film Festival-Palme d'Or: winner
  • 1986Independent Spirit Awards-Best Screenplay: nominated
  • 1986Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: nominated

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