It probably isn't a bad gig, being married to Joel Coen; it's sure worked out well for Frances McDormand. As the Coen Brothers made their directorial debut with Blood Simple back in 1984, she stepped in front of the camera for her first time and proved just as vital to making that steely noir work as the directors were. The partnership only became increasingly rewarding as she went on to star in four more of their films, rightfully earning the greatest acclaim -- not to mention an Academy Award -- for her turn as pregnant police chief Marge Gunderson in Fargo.

She would earn a subsequent nomination as William Miller's overbearing mother in Almost Famous(pictured), and while I very much adore both that movie and her performance in it, I'd argue that she was able to show slightly more range that year in her other film, the oft-overlooked Wonder Boys.
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