Empire has listed what it conisders to be the all time top 10 movie bounty hunters and in amongst that elite number are two, yes TWO miscreants from the canon of the Coen brothers. Leonard Smalls (Randall “Tex” Cobb) from Raising Arizona makes it in at number five and right at the top of the tree at number one is none other than Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) from No Country For Old Men. Now I’m not sure Chigurh is actually a bounty hunter per se, he’s more of a hired gun/assassin if you ask me…
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Wins for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem) and Best Adapted Screenplay!!! A truly wonderful and deserved end to awards season.
In one night Joel and Ethan walked away with more Oscars than the Academy have deemed worthy to lavish on their presented, Martin Scorsese, which is just not right is it?
I am so happy that this movie has garnered so many awards and particularly the ones last night, here’s hoping the win gives the Coens the clout to be able to raise the money to make To The White Sea which I would really, really love to see made one day.
I’m gutted for Roger Deakins who has been doing incredible work for years and despite many nominations throughout his career for Best Cinematography, indeed he was up for an award TWICE this year, he still cannot bag himself a golden baldie!!!
Here are some pictures from the show;
No Country For Old Men keeps on racking up awards! At last night’s BAFTAs Joel and Ethan won Best Director, Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor and, quite rightly, Roger Deakins won for Best Cinematorgraphy. 3 wins out of 9 is alright I guess but it was beaten the Best Picture by Atonement again! GAH!
Over on the BAFTA site you can watch a 25 minute interview with our favourite siblings chatting to Mark Kemode about their life in movies. Apparenlty it took place on 13th December! I wish I’d known!!! It’s not particulary illuminating but it’s always nice to hear them chat and giggle isn’t it? You can also see a few pics from the BAFTA in the multimedia section, strangely none have Ethan in them so he must have been unable to attend.
Today the Academy announced the nominations for this year’s Oscars. No Country For Old Men and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood topped the table for most noms with eight apiece. The Coen brothers have been nominated in both the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories while Javier Bardem has picked up yet another Best Supporting Actor nod and the movie is also up for the big one- Film of the Year. Other noms are Achievement in Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Achievement in Film Editing (Coen alias Roderick Jaynes), Achievement in Sound Mixing and Achievement in Sound Editing. The 80th Academy Awards takes place on 25th February. No word on whether or not the WGA strike will affect it.
No Country For Old Men has been nominated for 9 BATFAs! And this one being a British award ceremony, will be unaffected by the WGA strike and will actually happen. The film’s nominations were; Best Film, Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Editing (amusingly Roderick Jaynes), Best Director (Joel and Ethan Coen), Adapted Screenplay (again Joel and Ethan), two for Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem and Tommy Lee Jones), Supporting Actress (Kelly MacDonald) and Sound (Peter Kurland/Skip Lievsay/Craig Berkey/Greg Orloff). Good luck to all.
The brothers Coen, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin appeared on the Charlie Rose show to discuss No Country For Old Men and that king among web-surfers, finishdish, has come through for us again with a link to the pertinent clip. Thanks finishdish! Also, do a wee search for “coen” and you’ll find yet more interviews with our favourite movie making bros about O Brother, Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There and Intolerable Cruelty!
The ceremony was cancelled due to the WGA strike but the awards were still dished out. That’s right the Golden Globe winners have been announced and the fact that you’re reading this here can mean only one thing- No Country For Old Men has won something! Not just some thing but TWO things. Javier Bardem took home the Globe for Best Supporting Actor while Joel and Ethan took home the award not for directing but for writing- Best Screenplay. Surprisingly Best Film (Drama) went to Atonement, Best Film (Comedy/Musical) to Tim Burton’s Sweeny Todd and Best Director to Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Congrats to all and let’s hope for further recognition at the Oscars.
In addition to nice little haul above, No Country is also up for 4 Golden Globes; Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Director (Joel and Ethan Coen) and Best Screenplay (Joel and Ethan). The awards ceremony is on January 13th.
The awards for No Country For Old Men have started coming in already. There’s a heck of a lot, here’s the list so far;
National Board of Film Review- Best Picture of the Year, Best Adapted Screenplay (Joel and Ethan Coen), Best Ensemble Cast and Career Achievement in Cinematograpgy (Roger Deakins)
New York Film Critics Circle- Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Joel and Ethan), Best Director (Joel and Ethan), Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)
Boston Film Critics- Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)
Washington DC Film Critics- Best Picture, Best Director (Joel and Ethan), Best Ensemble, Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)
San Francisco Film Critics Circle- Best Director (Joel and Ethan)
New York Film Critics Online- Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)
Gotham Awards- Gotham Award Tribute (Javier Bardem)
Chicago Film Critics- Best Picture, Best Director (Joel and Ethan), Best Adapted Screenplay (Joel and Ethan) , Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)
In what has to be one of the most interesting photo shoots I think I’ve ever seen the New York Times has comissioned a shoot involving past Coen alumni including Javier Bardem, Kelly MacDonald, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Jon Polito, Holly Hunter, Tara Reid, Sam Elliot, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro in a series of strange scenes. I think it’s best if you just look for yourself. Below is the accompanying text.
At first glance, “No Country,” which is a kind of modern western with almost mythological themes set against the landscape of Texas, would seem to be a surprising fit with the Coens, who are known for dark, almost surrealistic comedies like the Oscar-winning “Fargo,” the Hollywood noir “Barton Fink” and their ode to stoner iconoclasm, “The Big Lebowski.” But “No Country,” like their other movies, allowed them to create unique characters and simultaneously twist a genre. From the start of their career, with the film “Blood Simple” in 1984, the Coens have consistently reinvented conventional types of cinema by tweaking and reimagining instantly recognizable archetypes. In “No Country,” Javier Bardem plays an unstoppable, coldblooded killer with an existential streak. Though he is not described this way in McCarthy’s book, the Coens pictured him with a Prince Valiant haircut and a fastidious style of dress — a potentially stock cinematic character transformed into a new western classic. “He’s like the man who fell to earth,” Joel suggested. “He’s the thing that doesn’t grow out of that landscape.”
The West was built on transplants, on men and women who sought to redefine themselves in a land of opportunity. Since many of their movies are set in that part of America, the Coen brothers have observed and then reimagined many of those strivers, weirdos, beauties, believers and would-be prophets. From Holly Hunter’s baby-nabbing cop in “Raising Arizona” to Sam Elliott’s philosophical cowboy in “The Big Lebowski,” the Coens have created, again and again, instantly iconic creatures of the West. In this portfolio, photographed by Finlay MacKay, we sought to further the adventures of those Coen-devised personalities.
“We still want to make a real period western,” Joel said. “With no cars and in black and white. But it might be a little narrow.” Ethan nodded. “ ‘No Country’ was kind of like a genre thing, but in a genre thing the characters end up differently,” he said. “ ‘No Country’ is perverse. And we always like something perverse.”
Thanks to John on the forum for alerting us.