“No Country for Old Men” won SAG Awards on their way to the Oscars – The Hollywood Reporter

Ethan and Joel Coen have a reputation for assembling high caliber actors for their films, and the 2007s There is no country for old people was no exception.

Based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy, the film starred Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Garret Dillahunt, Tess Harper and Kelly Macdonald in a neo-Western film about a drug affair that starred gone bad. The Screen Actors Guild took note and in 2008 awarded No country the award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Bardem.

Brolin accepted to the 47-person cast and praised the independent film for being “a risky film, and it’s good to have risky films now” because “the studio system is backfiring on it.” Harrelson called out to the directors, prompting Brolin to joke, “The Coen brothers are weird little people, you know? And we made a creepy little movie whether you like the ending or not.

This controversial ending involved – spoiler alert – Llewelyn Moss (Brolin) and his wife Carla Jean (Macdonald) dead at the hands of hitman Anton Chigurh (Bardem), the villain escaping with a bag of money while Sheriff Bell de Jones had two -interpretation of dreams before the film went black.

There is no country for old people earned eight Oscar nominations and four wins – Best Picture, Supporting Actor for Bardem, and Screenplay and Director’s Award for The Coens, making them the second directorial duo – and the only siblings – to earn the honor .

Almost 14 years and seven films later, Joel Coen returns solo in the awards conversation with Macbeth’s tragedy, an adaptation of the Scottish play he wrote and directed. Scheduled for release on December 25, the A24 / Apple TV + film stars Denzel Washington and Joel’s wife Frances McDormand as the Lord and Lady and marks Joel’s feature debut without any involvement from Ethan. As a team, the two collected 15 Oscar names and four wins.

This story first appeared in a December issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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