The Godfather Part II

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This December will mark the 40th anniversary of Francis Coppola’s The Godfather Part 2. Both the original and sequel were based on author Mario Puzo’s acclaimed novel, but the second film continued the story of Michael Corleone’s character with a collaborative effort between author Puzo and director Coppola. The movie was an instant classic and just as popular and successful as the first film, winning the Academy Awards for Best Director, Picture, Original Score, Adapted Screenplay, Art (Set) Decoration, and a Best Supporting Actor award for Robert De Niro, who portrays the Godfather in his youthful days in the early 1900s. All Pacino was also nominated for Best Actor, and Talia Shire (who is Coppola’s sister and famous for portraying Adrien in Rocky) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Coppola and Puzo both returned to complete the series in 1990 with The Godfather Part 3, which also received nominations for Best Picture, Director, and Best Supporting Actor Andy Garcia.

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