BEST LOCAL BOYS MADE GOOD - 2008
Joel and Ethan Coen
Like we had any other choice. After a couple of less-than-original films in the early part of the decade, the boys from St. Louis Park have found their stride again and are back on top of Hollywood. The duo earned Academy Awards this year for best adapted screenplay, best director, and best picture for their adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel No Country for Old Men. And, while no longer residing in the North Star State, the Coens haven't abandoned it. Twelve years after they put Minnesota on the cinematic map in a major way with 1996 Best Picture nominee, Fargo—set predominately in the Twin Cities—they are slated to return. A Serious Man, the story of a Midwest college professor coping with threats, a naked neighbor, impending divorce, and troubled children, is set to begin filming and casting this year in their hometown, and is slated for an early 2009 release.