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Coppola, Godard to be among honorary Oscar recipients

Francis Ford Coppola will receive the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences’ Irving G Thalberg Memorial Award while honorary awards go to film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow, Jean-Luc Godard and Eli Wallach.

All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s second Annual Governors Awards dinner on November 13 at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.

“Each of these honourees has touched movie audiences worldwide and influenced the motion picture industry through their work,” Academy president Tom Sherak said. “It will be an honour to celebrate their extraordinary achievements and contributions at the Governors Awards.”

Brownlow is widely regarded as the preeminent historian of the silent film era and his many silent film restoration projects include Abel Gance’s 1927 epic Napoleon, Rex Ingram’s The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse and The Thief Of Bagdad.

Coppola won the best director, picture and adapted screenplay Oscars for The Godfather: Part II, adapted screenplay for The Godfather, and screenplay for Patton.

Godard is the French New Wave founder whose influential credits include Breathless, Contempt, Alphaville, Weekend and King Lear.

Wallach made his debut film appearance in Elia Kazan’s 1956 feature Baby Doll and went on to star in The Magnificent Seven, The Misfits, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, The Godfather: Part III and The Holiday.

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