Coppola wins DGA’S Griffith nod

Director snags lifetime achievement award

Francis Ford Coppola will receive the Directors Guild of America’s D.W. Griffith Award at the union’s 50th anniversary awards show March 7.

Coppola has directed more than 20 films, including “The Godfather” trilogy, “Apocalypse Now,” “The Conversation,” “Rumble Fish,” “The Cotton Club,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Tucker,” “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” and most recently “John Grisham’s The Rainmaker.”

Winners of the award, first presented in 1953, are selected by a panel made up of DGA president Jack Shea and all living former DGA presidents. Feature film nominees are to be announced Jan. 26.

Simultaneous awards ceremonies will take place in New York at Windows on the World, and in Los Angeles at the Century Plaza Hotel. Coppola will attend the L.A. show.