Francis Ford Coppola Due for Lifetime Achievement Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is set to honor “The Godfather” director-producer-writer Francis Ford Coppola for his contribution to the motion picture industry.

Coppola will receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, which is given to “a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.” The award is named after Irving Thalberg, a famous MGM producer who died in 1936 at 37 years old. Coppola has received five Oscars, most of them from his “Godfather” series. His first Oscar was for original screenplay in 1970’s “Patton.” Coppola took the best adapted screenplay Oscar for “The Godfather” in 1972 and followed it up with three wins in the 1974 edition of the Academy Awards for “The Godfather Part II,” which earned him Oscars for best director, best picture, and adapted screenplay.

Joining the 71-year-old Coppola in the Academy’s second annual Governors Awards on November 13 at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center are French director Jean-Luc Godard, British film historian Kevin Brownlow, and veteran American actor Eli Wallach, who will all receive honorary lifetime achievement awards.