The Academy Awards

Season 83 Episode 1

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards

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Aired Unknown Feb 27, 2011 on ABC

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    • Francis Ford Coppola: (accepting the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award) Well, George [Lucas] is the closest thing I have to a younger brother, so you can imagine the affection and the pride I have in him. But there were so many... I'm about three or four or five years older than the wonderful generation that did so much, so I'm very proud of them. And the fact that this is the Thalberg Award is, the significance is not lost on me. Because this is an award for producing. This is not about my own writing and my own filmmaking, but this is about the talent that I came to really value. And it's more about "American Graffiti" and "The Black Stallion" and "Koyaanisqatsi," and I could go on, about "Napoleon" performed in the Radio City Music Hall with a live orchestra. That happened because I'd always heard from my father that in the days when he was a boy, when he went to the movies to see "Don Juan" or "The Thief of Bagdad," that there was a symphony orchestra. And I said, gee, I'd love to see that. And the way to see it was to take the "Napoleon" restoration and get a full-out symphony orchestra and perform it. And it was a wonderful hit. It was riveting. And I'm so proud of the fact that that tradition of once again combining live music with the great silent films, or with any film, has become really something that we can see.

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