Coen Brothers to Receive $1 Million Israeli Prize

Prize honours achievements of outstanding technological, scientific, social or cultural impact.

Published: February 22nd 2011
in Culture » Movies

Ethan and Joel Coen

Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen are the recipients of the 10th annual Dan David Prize from Tel Aviv University. The $1 million prize honours achievements of outstanding technological, scientific, social, or cultural impact.


The prize is named after international businessman and philanthropist, Dan David.


“Joel and Ethan Coen make a creative partnership unique in the history of filmmaking. Their control over final cut of their films, their grasp of film genres, black comedy, and their capacity to bring narrative complexity to apparently simple plots have become hallmarks of their films. Their impressive list of films include Blood Simple, The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and Barton Fink,” stated a press release.


The Coen brothers won the best picture Oscar for No Country For Old Men in 2007. Their latest film, True Grit, is vying for 10 Academy Awards, and has been the brothers' biggest commercial success, with worldwide earnings exceeding $175 million U.S.


The other winners of the Dan David Prize for 2011 include Stanford University professor Marcus Feldman, for his work on evolution, and Professors Cynthia Kenyon and Gary Ruvkun, for their work on human genetics.


“The laureates, who donate 10% of their prize money towards 20 doctoral and postdoctoral scholarships, will be honoured at a ceremony on May 15, 2011 at Tel Aviv University in the presence of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, and the President of the Republic of Italy, Mr. Giorgio Napolitano,” the press release further states.


Past recipients of the award include Margaret Atwood, Tony Blair, and Al Gore.

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