Oscar: Coppolas–Award-Winning Dynasty

The 1975 awards ceremonies were described as “The Francis Ford Coppola Family Hour,” because The Godfather, Part II won six Oscars, including Best Director (Coppola) and Best Dramatic Score for the director’s father, Carmine Coppola, who composed the melodic music with Nino Rotta. “I want to thank my son for my being up here,” said Carmine, “Without him, I wouldn’t be here. However, if I wasn’t here, he wouldn’t be here either, right” Talia Shire, Coppola’s sister, was nominated for a supporting award, as Connie Corleone, Al Pacino’s sluttish sister, but did not win.

Almost three decades later, Sofia Coppola, Francis’ daughter, stood on the Oscar podium and thanked her father. Sofia’s second film, “Lost in Translation” was nominated for Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and other awards, thus making Sofia one of the few women to ever be nominated for a directing Oscar. She won, however, the Original Screenplay Oscar; Peter Jackson won the directing Oscar for “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”