Fargo is a 1996 comedy drama film, written and directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. It stars Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Harve Presnell, Peter Stormare and Kristin Rudrüd.
The film claims (like many before it) to be "based on a true story", but just how closely it adheres to true events is the subject of considerable debate and a lot of apparently deliberate fudging by the Coens. The apparent truth is that the story was inspired by a number of real events which occurred at different times and places.
It won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Frances McDormand) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (William H. Macy), Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture.
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