Francis Ford Coppola Feared Academy Call Would Be Bad News


Francis Ford Coppola


The director postponed returning a phone call from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, saying '(It's a) 'Why are they calling me?' kind of thing and 'Who's sick?' or 'Who's passed away?'

Francis Ford Coppola held off returning a phone call from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when officials contacted him about an upcoming honor - because he feared the message would be bad news. The "Godfather" director will be feted at the organization's second annual Governors Awards on Sunday, November 14 when he collects the coveted Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for his work as a producer.

But Coppola admits he was keen to delay calling the Academy back because he is overcome with nerves whenever friends in the industry reach out to him unexpectedly. He says, "Well, I am always nervous when I get a phone call from folks where I am living. (It's a) 'Why are they calling me?' kind of thing and 'Who's sick?' or 'Who's passed away?' But it was happy news."

And the filmmaker is honored to have been selected to receive the top accolade for his production credits, reports the Associated Press. He adds, "It is sort of the ultimate award for producing. I've been a writer, a director and I have gotten more than my share of those honors. The Thalberg award for me is kind of a trifecta."

Coppola will join film historian Kevin Brownlow, director Jean-Luc Godard and actor Eli Wallach as an honoree at the pre-Oscars event.

© AceShowbiz.com


More 83rd Annual Academy Awards News

MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Drake and J.Lo Are Fighting Over Idea of Starting a Family
  2. Is Tristan Thompson Furious After Lamar Odom Revealed He Wanted Khloe Kardashian Back?
  3. Jenna Dewan Having 'Big Fight' With Channing Tatum Over Her Nude Photo
  4. Chris Brown and Rihanna May Start Hooking Up Again After Spotted Hanging Out Together
  5. Tyga Is Worried 'Materialistic' Kylie Jenner Will Not Appreciate His Valentine's Gift
  6. Kim Kardashian 'Had a Secret Fling' With 'Celebrity Big Brother' Star Calum Best
  7. Kris Jenner Planning a Spring Wedding to Corey Gamble
  8. Report: Caitlyn Jenner Is Secretly Living Next to Kris Jenner
  9. Report: Fergie Is Undergoing Multiple Plastic Surgeries for Her New Album
  10. Jennifer Garner Reportedly 'Disgusted' by Sienna Miller's Flirtatious Behavior With Ben Affleck

CELEBS PHOTO