You betcha! Site ranks top 25 Coen brothers' movie characters

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True, Joel and Ethan Coen's folk music tale "Inside Llewyn Davis" was shut out of the Oscar nominations last week, but that hasn't stopped movie journalists from celebrating the work of the famed Minnesota-born filmmakers.

A writer from entertainment blog IGN Wednesday ranked what she believes are the top 25 Coen brothers' characters, with entries from filmmakers' broad palate, including "The Big Lebowski," "No Country For Old Men," "True Grit," "Raising Arizona," and the Minnesota-made movies "A Serious Man" and "Fargo."

IGN's Ali Gray ranked Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) from "Fargo" at the top of the list. Gray says McDormand – who won a Best Actress Oscar for the 1996 film – "has made several appearances in the Coenverse, but seven-months-pregnant Minnesota police chief Marge is by far her finest hour: she's nothing less than the most sympathetic and relatable character in the Coens' 30-year back catalogue."

Coming in No. 2 was Jeff Bridges' Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski from "The Big Lebowski," followed by Javier Bardem's malevolent assassin Anton Chigurh from "No Country for Old Men." Rounding out the top five are H.I. McDunnough (Nicholas Cage) from "Raising Arizona" and Charlie Meadows (John Goodman) from "Barton Fink."

Ranking No. 6 on the IGN list is Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton) from "The Man Who Wasn't There," followed by Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) from "A Serious Man," Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) from "True Grit," Bernie Bernbaum (John Turturro) from "Miller's Crossing" and Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt) in "Burn After Reading."

Since the Coens have their acting favorites, performers like Goodman, Turturro and Bridges show up more than once on the list.

That's not to say the one-hit wonders aren't impressive: George Clooney's Ulysses Everett McGill from "O Brother Where Art Thou" pops up at No. 11, and Tom Hanks' Professor G.H. Dorr from "The Ladykillers" shows up at No. 21.

Not to be outdone by Gunderson, "Fargo" bad guys Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) and Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) share the No. 16 slot. The wood chipper which Grimsrud feeds Showalter into gets a mention in the ranking's summary.

Also on the list is the titular character (Oscar Isaac) from "Inside Llewyn Davis," who ranks at No. 14.

While the Oscars are not in the Coen brothers' immediate future plans, the filmmakers are nominated for producing Best Feature nominee "Inside Llewyn Davis" at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which are set to take place March 1, a day before the Academy Awards.

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