Over the course of the last 40 years, few directors and writers have been as acclaimed and decorated as Francis Fold Coppola; since 1970, Coppola has been nominated for five screenwriting Oscars, with an additional four nods for directing. Now, though, Coppola is about to be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences for a third filmmaking discipline: producing.

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Coppola has been named this year's recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for excellence in producing. Coppola, how has won five academy awards, previously received the Best Picture Oscar, which is traditionally awarded to a film's producers for 'The Godfather: Part II' in 1974. Over the course of the last 40 years, few directors and writers have been as acclaimed and decorated as Francis Fold Coppola; since 1970, Coppola has been nominated for five screenwriting Oscars, with an additional four nods for directing. Now, though, Coppola is about to be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences for a third filmmaking discipline: producing.

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Coppola has been named this year's recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for excellence in producing. Coppola, how has won five academy awards, previously received the Best Picture Oscar, which is traditionally awarded to a film's producers for 'The Godfather: Part II' in 1974.

And he'd better start clearing space on his mantle, because he won't have long to wait to receive it; beginning last year, you may recall, the Oscars cut the honorary awards from their telecast to save time, meaning that Coppola will receive his golden statue this November at a private dinner rather than during next February's broadcast.

Coppola, of course, has a long history as both a producer and an executive producer; besides shepherding his own projects such as the 'Godfather' trilogy, 'The Conversation' and 'Apocalypse Now' to the big screen he has also been involved with memorable projects such as George Lucas's first major film, 'American Graffiti,' and his daughter Sofia's modern classic 'Lost in Translation.'

Joining Coppola among thise year's honorees are veteran actor Eli Wallach ('The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,' 'The Magnificent Seven,'), legendary French new wave film artiste Jean-Luc Godard ('Breathless,' 'Weekend') and film preservationist and historian Kevin Brownlow.

Te statues will be presented at this year's Governors Awards, which will take place on November 13.
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