The winner selected by the Directors Guild frequently goes on to win the Best Director honor at the Academy Awards--as with Martin Scorsese, who as the winner of last year's prize presented the award to the Coens at the Los Angeles ceremony
After the win, Joel told reporters, "Oh, we get two of them (award statues). Ethan and I have a bookshelf in our office where we keep various plaques and such that we've gotten over the years that we call our 'ego corner.'"
And when brother Ethan is feeling low, he uses silver polish and "spit shines his medals for an hour or two. It makes him feel better. This is a really big one, in every respect. It's going to keep him busy."
But the fate of the glittering Oscars event is dependent on the ongoing Hollywood writers strike. Organizers are currently making plans as usual for the ceremony, which is due to take place on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the legendary Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.
The Coen brothers-directed thriller is nominated for a stack of Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem.
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