Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Robert de Niro reunited on the Oscars stage for the 50th anniversary of The Godfather

Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Robert de Niro reunited on the Oscars stage for the 50th anniversary of The Godfather
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The three cinema legends were acclaimed by the public.

As expected, the Academy of Oscars paid tribute to the Godfatherwho celebrates his fiftieth birthday, as part of the 94th ceremony which took place this night in Los Angeles. “I think moments like these should be heartfelt, and therefore brief”reacted Francis Ford Coppola by going on stage with two of his key actors from the trilogy: Al Pacino and Robert de Niro. “Legends” for the 82-year-old filmmaker, freshly honored with a star in his name on Hollywood Blvd.visibly moved to be celebrated for this feature film which was difficult to edit in the early 1970s (series The Offer will also soon tell his backstage on Paramount +), then which has deeply permeated the history of American cinema. He made a point of thanking two people without whom The Godfather would not have seen the light of day, even if they are no longer there to attend this tribute: the author of the novel’s original novel, Mario Puzo (died in 1999), as well as its producer, Robert Evans (died in 2019) .

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Considered a masterpiece of cinema, The Godfather spring in a restored version to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Too bad that this celebration announced with great fanfare by the academy was ultimately so short, and overshadowed by a tragedy that occurred just before: in the middle of the 2022 Oscars ceremony, Will Smith took the stage to punch Chris Rock, who had just made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. A sequence that cast a chill, and which directly impacted the anniversary of the Godfathereven if Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Robert de Niro still received a “standing ovation” from the public. And that Steven Spielberg took souvenir photos with his smartphone.

The opportunity to recall that in 1973, Marlon Brando refused to go to the Oscars to receive his best actor statuette for the role of Don Corleone in The Godfather. He had asked an Apache actress to go on stage in his place, hoping to denounce racial discrimination affecting Native Americans to a large audience.

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