Thursday, November 29, 2012

Today is...Joel Coen's Birthday

The Coen Brother's first movie together was Blood Simple, which stars Frances McDormand, who later married Joel Coen.

The first Coen Brother's film to really become a hit was Raising Arizona, released in 1987, starring Nicholas Cage and Holly Hunter. It was not a huge hit at the time, but is now a cult classic.

The 1996 Fargo earned seven Academy Award nominations, winning Best Original Screenplay and Best Leading Actress for Frances McDormand.

The Coen Brother's film, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was loosely based on Homer's Odyssey.

No Country for Old Man, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Acor for Javier Bardem.

2010's True Grit was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, though did not win any.

The Coen Brothers tend to work with the same actors multiple times, including Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Holly Hunter, Frances McDormand, John Turturro, Steve Buscemi, Josh Brolin, John Goodman, and Stephen Root.

Until 2004, the director credits for all the movies went to Joel; starting in 2004 the credit was given to Joel & Ethan.

Joel and Ethan share credit for editor under the alias Roderick Jaynes.

What is your favorite Coen Brother's Movie?

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