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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Rated PG-13 for some violence and language.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/22/2000 , 106min.
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Plot & Details

The writing, directing, and producing team of Joel Coen and Ethan Coen created this picaresque comedy (inspired in part by Homer's The Odyssey) set in the Deep South during the Depression. Suave and fancy-talking Everett Ulysses McGill (George Clooney), dim-witted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson), and easily-excitable Pete (John Turturro) are serving time together on a prison chain gang. Everett knows where $1.2 million is hidden that's theirs for the taking, and the three manage to escape; however, a stranger soon warns them that they'll find treasure, but not the sort they're looking for. As Everett and his partners hit the road, they happen upon a gluttonous bible salesman, Big Dan Teague (John Goodman); meet up with Baby Face Nelson (Michael Badalucco) as he robs a bank; encounter three Sirens doing their washing; run into Everett's estranged wife Penny (Holly Hunter), who has told everyone her husband was killed in a train wreck; find themselves in the middle of a heated campaign between political boss Pappy O'Daniel (Charles Durning), and reformist candidate Homer Stokes (Wayne Duvall); and even find time to make a hit record as The Soggy Bottom Boys. Noted songwriter T-Bone Burnett helped compile the songs (combining vintage country blues tunes with originals in the same style), while Carter Burwell composed the background score. Incidentally, the title O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a reference to the classic Preston Sturges comedy Sullivan's Travels, in which a director plans to make a serious "message picture" with that name.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Joel Coen Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Ethan Coen Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Monica Howe Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music T-Bone Burnett Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Ethan Coen Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Dennis Gassner Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music Carter Burwell Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Joel Coen Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
2000 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama George Clooney Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Monica Howe Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music T-Bone Burnett Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Ethan Coen Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Dennis Gassner Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Roger Deakins Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music Carter Burwell Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Joel Coen Nominated

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