'The Godfather' Director to Be Honored at Pre-Oscars Event
Moviemaker-turned-vineyard owner Francis Ford Coppola is to be honored with the coveted Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' second annual Governors Awards. "The Godfather" director will join film historian Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach as an honoree at the pre-Oscars event in November.
Academy President Tom Sherak says, "Each of these honorees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work. It will be an honor to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards."
Coppola has already been honored by the Academy - the filmmaker has five Oscars for writing, producing and directing.
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