Francis Ford Coppola

  • Born: April 7, 1939 in Detroit, MI
  • Notable Works:
    • The Godfather (1972)
    • The Conversation (1974)
    • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • Academy Award Nominations:
    • 1971 Best Adapted Screenplay for Patton (won)
    • 1973 Best Director for The Godfather
    • 1973 Best Adapted Screenplay for The Godfather (won)
    • 1974 Best Picture for American Graffiti 
    • 1975 Best Picture for The Conversation
    • 1975 Best Original Screenplay for The Conversation
    • 1975 Best Picture for The Godfather: Part II (won)
    • 1975 Best Director for The Godfather: Part II (won)
    • 1975 Best Adapted Screenplay for The Godfather: Part II (won)
    • 1980 Best Picture for Apocalypse Now
    • 1980 Best Director for Apocalypse Now
    • 1980 Best Adapted Screenplay for Apocalypse Now
    • 1991 Best Picture for The Godfather: Part III
    • 1991 Best Director for The Godfather: Part III
    • 2011 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (won)
  • Personal Favorite: The Godfather (1972)

Coppola drips of Hollywood history. In 1975, not only was he nominated for Best Picture in two separate films, but he also became the second director in history after Billy Wilder to win three Oscars for the same film. Those wins were for The Godfather: Part II, which also became the first sequel in history to win the Best Picture category, a feat accomplished only by one other film since, 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Aside from his monster Oscar nominated films, his other famed works include: Finian’s Rainbow, The Great Gatsby, The Outsiders, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, New York Stories, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, The Rainmaker, and The Virgin Suicides. Another way that Coppola has taken the industry by storm is through his immediate and extended family:

  • sister and Oscar nominated actress, Talia Shire
  • brother-in-law and All the President’s Men composer, David Shire
  • brother-in-law and Being There producer, Jack Schwartzman
  • son and Moonrise Kingdom writer, Roman Coppola
  • daughter and Oscar nominated director, Sofia Coppola
  • son-in-law and Grammy nominated Phoenix lead singer, Thomas Mars
  • granddaughter and Palo Alto director, Gia Coppola
  • nephew and longtime Wes Anderson collaborator, Jason Schwartzman
  • nephew and Rooney lead singer, Robert Schwartzman
  • nephew and Oscar nominated actor, Nicholas Cage

 

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