FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA TO BE HONOURED WITH THE THALBERG AWARD




FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Directors FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA and JEAN LUC GODARD, actor ELI WALLACH and historian KEVIN BROWNLOW are this year’s recipients of the GOVERNOR’S AWARDS from THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES.

Mr. Coppola will receive the IRVING G. THALBERG AWARD, with Monsieur Godard, Mr. Wallach and Mr. Brownlow receiving honorary OSCARS. The prizes will be given at a dinner on NOVEMBER 13.

Mr. Coppola, the director of THE GODFATHER TRILOGY, is all ready a five time OSCAR winner. Through his AMERICAN ZOETROPE studio, which he established in 1969, he has produced more than 30 films, including THE BLACK STALLION, AMERICAN GRAFFITI and LOST IN TRANSLATION, which earned his daughter SOFIA an ACADEMY AWARD nomination for BEST DIRECTOR.

Monsieur Godard is a key figure in the French New Wave who wrote about films before making shorts of his own. His 1960 feature debut, the crime drama BREATHLESS, is a hugely influential example of the movement. He also directed CONTEMPT with BRIGITTE BARDOT in 1963.

He’s credited with helping shape contemporary directors such as MARTIN SCORSESE, STEVEN SODERBERGH and QUENTIN TARANTINO.

Mr. Wallach is a longtime character actor who has appeared in THE MISFITS, HOW TO STEAL A MILLION, CINDERELLA LIBERTY, NUTS, THE GODFATHER PART III and THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY. He’s also in OLIVER STONE’S upcoming WALL STREET sequel, WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS.

Mr. Brownlow, an author and documentarian, is considered the preeminent historian of the silent film era and a preservationist.

The THALBERG AWARD, which is a bust of the film executive, goes to “a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.”

Honorary OSCARS are given for “extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

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