Two of the most inventive filmmakers working today, Joel and Ethan Coen (pictured on the set of "Raising Arizona") mix a winning, oddball sense of humor with their stories of characters trapped by circumstance in worlds that are daunting, unforgiving, and tinged with an absurdist's view of the universe.
Since their debut in 1984 with "Blood Simple," the Coen Brothers have each received 14 Academy Award nominations for writing, producing, directing, and (under the pseudonym Roderick Jaynes) editing. They've won four Oscars, for "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men."
In 2018 they released "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs," a collection of Western stories that blended traditional Western literary and movie tropes with an overarching pallor of death, both tragic and tongue-in-cheek, on the American frontier.
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan