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Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit
Joel and Ethan Coen, known to moviegoers as the Coen brothers, have been directing and producing films together for more than 20 years. This year's Best Director nomination for the Western True Grit—the second film adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel of the same name—is the Coens' second in the category. They won the statue in 2008 for No Country For Old Men, which also earned them a Best Picture Oscar. This year, they are also nominated for Best Screenplay.
Since their debut in 1984, the Coens have churned out classic comedies including The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona and The Hudsucker Proxy, as well as movies with a film noir flair, like Miller's Crossing. The Coens have won two Best Screenplay Oscars, for No Country for Old Men and Fargo, and they were also nominated for O Brother, Where Art Thou? and A Serious Man.