Year: 1972 (45th) Academy Awards
Category: Writing (Screenplay--based on material from another medium)
Film Title: The Godfather
Winner: Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola (Puzo not present; accepted by daughter Dorothy Ann Puzo)
Presenter: Jack Lemmon
Date & Venue: March 27, 1973; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
DOROTHY ANN PUZO:
My father would like to thank the Academy for this great honor. I'd like to thank my father, and I wish he could be here now to accept this honor himself in full. Thank you very much.
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA:
When I came here I was very nervous because I hadn't prepared anything to say should I come up here. And then after about forty minutes I thought of something to say but I started to get very nervous that I would never get to come up here to say it. And I've forgotten it, whatever it was.
Firstly, I'd like to thank Peter Bart who was responsible for getting me this job in the first place, which sort of rescued me from my wonderful, romantic financial adventure in San Francisco, which still lives. And then, giving credit where it's due, I'd like to thank Bob Towne who wrote the very beautiful scene between Marlon and Al Pacino in the garden; that was Bob Towne's scene. And lastly, I would like to congratulate Bob Fosse. And also say that the best award a director could get would be to have three of his best friends and dear associates and actors – Jimmy Caan, Al Pacino and Bobby Duvall – all get nominated in the same category. Thank you very much.
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