Sofia Coppola

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Sofia Coppola
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Coppola in 2013
Born
Sofia Carmina Coppola

(1971-05-14) May 14, 1971 (age 52)
New York City, U.S.
Other namesDomino Coppola
Occupations
  • Film director
  • screenwriter
  • producer
  • actress
Years active1972–present
Known for Full list
Spouses
(m. 1999;div. 2003)
(m. 2011)
Children2
Parents
Relatives
Family Coppola
Awards Full list

Sofia Carmina Coppola ( /ˈkpələ/ KOH-pəl-ə [1] Italian pronunciation: [soˈfiːakarˈmiːnaˈkoppola] ; born May 14, 1971) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and former actress. She has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Golden Lion, [lower-alpha 1] and a Cannes Film Festival Award, [lower-alpha 2] [2] as well as nominations for three BAFTA Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. [3] [4]

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The youngest child and only daughter of filmmakers Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola, she made her acting debut as an infant in her father's acclaimed crime drama The Godfather (1972). Coppola later appeared in several music videos and had a supporting role in the fantasy comedy film Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). She then portrayed Mary Corleone, the daughter of Michael Corleone, in the sequel The Godfather Part III (1990).

Coppola transitioned into filmmaking with her feature-length directorial debut in the coming-of-age drama The Virgin Suicides (1999). It was the first of her collaborations with actress Kirsten Dunst. Her films often deal with themes of loneliness, wealth, privilege, isolation, youth, femininity, and adolescence in America. Coppola received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the comedy-drama Lost in Translation (2003), and became the third woman to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. [lower-alpha 3] She has since directed the historical drama Marie Antoinette (2006), the family drama Somewhere (2010), the satirical crime drama The Bling Ring (2013), the southern gothic thriller The Beguiled (2017), the comedy On the Rocks (2020), and the biographical drama Priscilla (2023). [5] [6]

In 2015, Coppola released the Netflix Christmas musical comedy special A Very Murray Christmas , which earned her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. [7]

Early life and family

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Sofia Coppola's father, director Francis Ford Coppola

Coppola was born in New York City on May 14, 1971, [8] the youngest child and only daughter of documentarian Eleanor ( née Neil) and filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. She is of Italian descent (Lucanian [9] and Neapolitan [10] ) on her father's side [11] and was raised on her parents' farm in Rutherford, California. [12] At 15, Coppola interned with Chanel. [13] Coppola graduated from St. Helena High School in 1989. [14] She first studied at Mills College and transferred to the California Institute of the Arts from 1993 to 1994 to focus on painting. [15] Thereafter, she attended Art Center College of Design, where she was mentored by Paul Jasmin. After dropping out of college, Coppola started a clothing line called Milkfed, which is now sold exclusively in Japan. [16]

Among her extensive Hollywood family are her aunt Talia Shire, and her first cousins Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman. Coppola had many varying interests growing up, including fashion, photography, music, and design, and did not initially intend to become a filmmaker. However, after making her first short film Lick the Star in 1998, she realized it "brought together all the things [she] loved", and decided to continue her directing pursuits. [17]

Career

1972–1999: Acting career

Coppola's acting career, marked by frequent criticisms of nepotism and negative reviews, [18] [19] began while she was an infant, as she made background appearances in eight of her father's films. The best known of these is her appearance in The Godfather as the infant Michael Francis Rizzi, in the baptism scene. [20] [21] Coppola also acted in her father's films The Outsiders (1983), in a scene where Matt Dillon, Tommy Howell, and Ralph Macchio are eating at a Dairy Queen; Rumble Fish (1983); The Cotton Club (1984); and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), in which she portrayed Kathleen Turner's sister Nancy. [22] Frankenweenie (1984) was the first film Coppola performed in that was not associated with her father; however, it often goes unnoted due to her stage name "Domino", which she adopted at the time because she thought it was glamorous. [23] A short film entitled Life Without Zoe (1989), released as part of a tripartite anthology film New York Stories , was co-written by a teenage Coppola and her father; her father also directed the film. [24]

Coppola returned to her father's Godfather trilogy in both the second and third Godfather films, playing an immigrant child in The Godfather Part II and playing Michael Corleone's daughter in The Godfather Part III after the originally cast actress, Winona Ryder, dropped out of the film at the last minute due to nervous exhaustion. [25] [26] [27] [22] It has been suggested that Coppola's performance in The Godfather Part III damaged Francis Ford Coppola's career and ruined Sofia's before it had even begun. [28] Coppola has said that she never really wanted to act and only did it to help out when her father asked her to. [29] It has also been suggested that Sofia's role in the film may have affected its box office performance, which started strongly and then went into decline. Coppola herself worried that she had only been given the role because she was the director's daughter, and the role placed a strain on her during the time of shooting that her mother observed in a series of diaries she wrote for Vogue during the filming. [28] Coppola later stated that she was not hurt by the criticism from her work in the film because she never especially wanted an acting career. [30]

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Coppola in 2003

After she was critically panned for her performance in The Godfather Part III (for which she was named "Worst Supporting Actress" and "Worst New Star" at the 1990 Golden Raspberry Awards), Coppola largely ended her acting career; however, she did appear in the independent film Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992), as well as in the backgrounds of films by her friends and family (for example, she appeared as Saché, one of Queen Padmé Amidala's five handmaidens, in George Lucas' 1999 film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace ). [27]

Coppola also appeared in several 1990s music videos: the Black Crowes' "Sometimes Salvation"; Sonic Youth's "Mildred Pierce"; Madonna's "Deeper and Deeper"; the Chemical Brothers' "Elektrobank", which was directed by her then-husband Spike Jonze; and later Phoenix's "Funky Squaredance". [31]

1998–2003: Directorial debut and acclaim

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Coppola's first short film was Lick the Star (1998). It played many times on the Independent Film Channel. She made her feature film directing debut with The Virgin Suicides (1999); the film adaptation of the novel The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. It received critical acclaim upon its premiere in North America at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and was released later that year. Coppola was first drawn to the story after reading the book by Jeffrey Eugenides in 1995, at the recommendation of musician Thurston Moore. Coppola said she felt the novel's author understood the teenage experience. She has also said that if not for the book, she may not have had a career in film. Specifically, Coppola has highlighted the representation of teenagers "lazing around", a situation she connected with but felt was not seen very much in films in any relatable way. The story's theme of loss was a personal connection for Coppola in light of the 1986 death of her oldest brother in a boating accident, though she stated that she did not immediately realize this connection. [17] Coppola secured the rights to the novel without her father's help, and adapted the screenplay herself. [29] The low-budget film drew praise from critics, [17] and represented the point at which Coppola broke out of her father's shadow as a filmmaker in her own right. [29] She credits the start of her career to the Cannes festival after the film premiered there. [17] The film stars actors Danny DeVito, Kirsten Dunst, Scott Glenn, Josh Hartnett, Michael Paré, Jonathan Tucker, Kathleen Turner, and James Woods. [32]

Lost in Translation (2003)
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Coppola has collaborated with Murray on three projects including Lost in Translation (2003).

Coppola's second feature Lost in Translation (2003) won her the Academy Award for best original screenplay and three Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture Musical or Comedy. After Lina Wertmüller and Jane Campion, Coppola became the third female director to be nominated for an Academy Award for Directing and the second to win the Original Screenplay award, after Campion in 1994 (Wertmüller was also nominated). Her win for the best original screenplay in 2003 made her a third-generation Oscar winner. Coppola was the second woman, after Edith Head, to be nominated for three Oscars in one night. In 2004, Coppola was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. [33] Coppola shot Lost in Translation in 27 days, [34] with a small crew, working without permits. Scenes were filmed impromptu on the street, while scenes shot at the Park Hyatt Hotel allowed the crew to use its corridors between two and three in the morning without disturbing guests. [35]

The film received positive reception and acclaim, though also generated controversy due the film's usage "of Japan as an exotic and bizarre landscape for its American protagonists". The group Asian Mediawatch lobbied against the film's Academy Award nominations, stating "The film has no meaningful Japanese roles, nor is there any significant dialogue between the main characters and the Japanese. Such portrayals perpetuate negative stereotypes and attitudes that are harmful to Asian Americans in the US, where a significant minority of Americans already have negative attitudes towards Asians." [36] Coppola responded to these allegations in an interview for The Independent , "I can see why people might think that, but I know I'm not racist. I think if everything's based on truth, you can make fun, have a little laugh, but also be respectful of a culture. I just love Tokyo, and I'm not mean-spirited...Even on our daily call sheets, they would mix up the 'rs' and the 'ls' – all that was from experience, it's not made up. I guess someone has misunderstood my intentions. It bugs me, because I know I'm not racist." [37]

2006–2017: Established career

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Coppola first collaborated with Dunst in The Virgin Suicides (1999).
Marie Antoinette (2006)

Her third film was the biopic Marie Antoinette (2006), adapted from the biography by British historian Antonia Fraser. Kirsten Dunst plays the titular character and Jason Schwartzman, Coppola's cousin, plays King Louis XVI. The film debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival [38] where, despite boos in the audience, it received a standing ovation. [39] Though critics were divided at the time of its release, it has since received more critical acclaim in the years that followed. [40] Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian declared, "Sofia Coppola's presentation of Marie's life has a sisterly, unjudging intimacy, and the director has carried off pert inventions and provocations with some style, combining dazzling visual tableaux and formal set-pieces in strict period, with new wave chart hits from the 1970s and 80s: these musical anachronisms lending ironic torsion to the overall effect." [41]

Marie Antoinette was shot on location at the Château de Versailles. Coppola herself has claimed that she was initially drawn towards the character of Marie Antoinette as an innocent and caring character who found herself in a situation outside of her control, and that rather than creating a historical representation, she wanted to create a more intimate look into the world of the heroine. [42] Coppola was interested in making an emotional connection to the young royalty whose "coming-of-age took place under conditions familiar to a pampered zoo animal". [43] The film's style is not that of a traditional biopic, and instead utilizes "hit songs and incongruous dialogue". [44] The film received the Academy Award for Best Costume Design as well as three BAFTA Awards nominations.

Somewhere (2010)

Coppola's fourth film was Somewhere (2010), filmed at Chateau Marmont. The plot focuses on a "bad boy" actor Marco (portrayed by Stephen Dorff) who is forced to reevaluate his life when his daughter Cleo (played by Elle Fanning) arrives unexpectedly. [45] The relationship between Marco and Cleo was loosely based on Coppola's own relationship with her father. [46] The film won the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. In November 2010, Coppola was interviewed by Joel Coen, who professed his admiration of her work, at the DGA screening of Somewhere in New York City. [47]

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Coppola in 2014

Somewhere depicts a newly famous actor (Stephen Dorff) recuperating from a minor injury whose wealth, fame, and professional experiences cannot allevaite the existential crisis he is experiencing, as he is forced to care for his 11-year-old daughter in the absence of his wife. The film premiered at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, and opened in the rest of Italy, on September 3, 2010. The festival jury unanimously awarded the film the Golden Lion prize for the best overall film. Quentin Tarantino, president of the jury, said the film "grew and grew in our hearts, in our minds, in our affections" after the first screening. The film continued to receive critical acclaim, especially from notable film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times who praised the detail in the portrait of Johnny Marco, writing, "Coppola is a fascinating director. She sees, and we see exactly what she sees. There is little attempt here to observe a plot. All the attention is on the handful of characters, on Johnny." [48]

The Bling Ring (2013)

Coppola's next film, The Bling Ring (2013), was based on actual events centered around the Bling Ring, a group of California teenagers who burgled the homes of several celebrities over 2008 and 2009, stealing around $3 million in cash and belongings. [49] Emma Watson, [50] Taissa Farmiga, [51] Leslie Mann, Israel Broussard, [52] Katie Chang, and Claire Julien starred in the film, which opened the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. [53] The Bling Ring premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. [54] It was inspired by a Vanity Fair feature on the real-life criminals depicted in the film, [55] whom Coppola described as "products of our growing reality TV culture". [56] The film received generally positive reviews, with many praising its style and performances, while some felt that the film glamorized the crimes in the story and failed to make an assertive message about them through the narrative; "Coppola neither makes a case for her characters nor places them inside of some kind of moral or critical framework; they simply pass through the frame, listing off name brands and staring at their phones". [57]

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)

Coppola collaborated again with her Lost in Translation star Bill Murray on A Very Murray Christmas , which stars Murray and was co-written by herself, Murray and Mitch Glazer. The film, an homage to classic Christmas-themed variety shows, was released in December 2015 on Netflix. [58]

The Beguiled (2017)

Coppola directed The Beguiled (2017), a remake of the 1971 eponymous Southern Gothic film, starring Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and Kirsten Dunst. [59] The film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where Coppola became the second woman (and the first American woman) to win the Best Director award. [2] [3] The film is based on the 1966 book of the same name by author Thomas P. Cullinan about a wounded Union soldier in a Mississippi seminary during the American Civil War, [60] and was made for under $10 million. [61] The film exhibited elements of the thriller genre, another departure for Coppola. [60]

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Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Coppola, Nicole Kidman at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Coppola cited her intrigue with the South as part of the story's appeal. Coppola has said that she "wanted the film to represent an exaggerated version of all the ways women were traditionally raised there just to be lovely and cater to men—the manners of that whole world, and how they change when the men go away". Coppola has cited Gone with the Wind as her inspiration for creating a film that was relatable despite its position within a different era. [60] The film faced a wave of controversy and division, including accusations of 'whitewashing' the original story after she chose to both remove the supporting role of a black female slave from the film, as well as to choose Kirsten Dunst to portray a character who was biracial in the original novel. Coppola also faced criticism for minimizing the story of the people experiencing actual hardship in favor of depicting, albeit authentically, the lavish lifestyle of her protagonists, thus minimizing the importance of a weighty topic. Coppola responded to these allegations by citing the presence of young girls among her moviegoing audience. The Beguiled is not the only of Coppola's films to be accused of exposing the sociocultural affordances of her own childhood. [60]

Coppola described her version of the film as a reinterpretation, rather than a remake, of Don Siegel's 1971 adaption of the same book. [60] Coppola wanted to tell the story of the male soldier entering into a classically southern and female environment from the point of view of the women and represent what that was like for them. [60] [29] Coppola thought that the earlier version made the characters out to be crazy caricatures and did not allow the viewer to know them. [60] While some critics claim that Coppola intended The Beguiled as a feminist work, Coppola explained that she is not in favor of that labeling. Though she has said she is happy if others see the film in this way, she sees it as a film, rather, that possesses a female perspective—an important distinction. The Beguiled was also made as a contrast to The Bling Ring, and Coppola has explained that she needed to correct that film's harsh Los Angeles aesthetic with something more beautiful and poetic. [60]

2020–present

On the Rocks (2020)

Coppola's film, On the Rocks , [62] [63] tells the story of a daughter and father, played by Rashida Jones and Bill Murray respectively, as they explore New York together in an attempt to mend their fractured relationship. [64] [65] It was released in a limited theatrical release on October 2, 2020, by A24 and was released for digital streaming on October 23, 2020, by Apple TV+. [66]

The film received positive reviews from critics, who praised Coppola's screenplay and direction, and noted it as lighter than her previous films. [67] Some critics stated that the film "isn't destined to achieve the same kind of iconic status as some of Coppola's previous work". [68]

Fairyland (2023)

An announcement in mid-December 2013 stated that American Zoetrope had successfully attained the screen rights for the memoir Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father and that Coppola would adapt the book with Andrew Durham. Coppola would also produce the film with her brother Roman. [69] Coppola would later drop out of directing duties while remaining herself as a producer, as Durham took over as the sole director and writer for the film. [70]

The film, titled Fairyland , premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival [71] and stars Emilia Jones and Scoot McNairy, to positive reviews.

Priscilla (2023)

Coppola's next film, Priscilla (2023), her eighth as a director, is based on the life of Priscilla Presley and her 1985 memoir Elvis and Me . It stars Cailee Spaeny as Priscilla and Jacob Elordi as Elvis Presley. The film is distributed by A24 and premiered at the 80th Venice International Film Festival in September 2023. [72]

The film dives into the life of Priscilla Presley, allowing viewers to take a look into Priscilla's relationship with Elvis Presley. Unlike the film Elvis (2022) by Baz Luhrmann, the film does not portray Elvis positively or much of his successful career. Instead it portrays Elvis "darker, domestic side". [73] Coppola was more interested in showing Priscilla's side of their relationship, highlighting the terror of Elvis's physical and emotional abuse towards Priscilla. [74]

The film received positive reviews, with Rolling Stone declaring the film to be her best since Lost in Translation. [75] David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "Coppola has always been a filmmaker who coaxes out feelings rather than blasts them with emphatic declarations, and the nuanced restraint of her writing and direction here are very much points in Priscilla's favor." [76]

Coppola stated that she used her teenage years growing up in the Bay Area to inform her position in this role. She stated specifically about her time as a teenager, "I just remember everything being epic and important and with a lot of feeling and driving around and listening to music. Your senses are more heightened or something." [77]

Other work

Television

In the mid-1990s, Coppola and her best friend Zoe Cassavetes helmed the short-lived Comedy Central series Hi Octane , which spotlit performers in underground music. The show was cancelled after four episodes. [78]

In December 2008, Coppola's first commercial premiered during an episode of Gossip Girl . The advertisement she directed for the Christian Dior fragrance Miss Dior Chérie, shot in France with model Maryna Linchuk, was very well received and continues to be popular on YouTube. [79]

In October 2014, Coppola launched a series of Christmas ads for the clothing chain Gap. [80]

In May 2020, it was announced Coppola would write and direct an adaptation of The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton for Apple TV+. [81]

In 2022, Coppola guest-starred as herself, alongside her husband Thomas Mars and fellow director Jim Jarmusch, in an episode of the FX horror comedy series What We Do in the Shadows . [82]

Modeling

At the beginning of the 1990s, Coppola was often featured in girl-oriented magazines like Seventeen and YM . In 1994, [83] she co-founded the clothing line Milk Fed in Japan, with her friend Stephanie Hayman in cooperation with Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon. In 2001, [84] the fashion designer Marc Jacobs chose the actress/director to be the "face" of his house's fragrance, Daisy. The campaign photographs of Coppola were shot by photographer Jürgen Teller. The July 2013 issue of Elle featured photographs shot by Coppola of Paris Hilton at Hilton's Beverly Hills mansion (Both model and house appear in The Bling Ring ). [85] [86]

Stage direction

In 2017, before Coppola started pre-production on The Beguiled , she was asked by Italian state broadcaster Rai Com from All'Opera to direct their latest production of La Traviata. La traviata is a three act opera by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesca Maria Piave. This Coppola-directed production was filmed for broadcast in Germany and France by Arte/ZDF, using multiple state-of-the art 4k cameras and up to 100 microphones. [87] Coppola said in an interview she "could not turn down the project" with designer and fashion icon Valentino Garavani designing the costumes for this 15 show run of La Traviata (2017). [88] Discussing her modern take on this classic story Coppola says "I wanted to bring out the personal side of the French courtesan, the party girl used to the social scene. It's a very feminine world that I love". [89]

This was the first stage production Coppola directed. [88] Coppola discusses how Valentino "really motivated me to take a chance and do something that was scary for me and very unfamiliar," and promised a "traditional" production that could nevertheless be appreciated by those who are not opera connoisseurs. Rome Opera House Director Carlo Fuortes said in an interview ticket sales had exceeded 1.2 million euros (1.35 million dollars), a record for the establishment. [90]

All fifteen shows nearly sold out before opening night. [89] It was the biggest box office success since the Teatro dell'Opera Di Roma opened in 1880. [89]

Art

Coppola sits on the board for Gagosian Gallery. [91]

Personal life

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Coppola in October 1999

In 1992, Coppola met director Spike Jonze; they married in 1999 and divorced in 2003. In an official statement, Coppola's publicist explained that the divorce decision was reached "with sadness". It is widely believed that the main character's husband in Lost in Translation is based on Jonze, as Coppola stated after the film's release, "There are elements of Spike there, elements of experiences." [92] [93]

From 2003 to 2005 Coppola dated filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. They have remained friends since their separation. [94]

Coppola married musician Thomas Mars on August 27, 2011, at Palazzo Margherita in Bernalda, Italy. They met while producing the soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides. [95] They have two daughters: Romy (born November 28, 2006), whose name is an homage to Coppola's brother Roman, [96] [97] and Cosima (born May 2010).[ citation needed ]

Coppola and her family lived in Paris for several years before moving to New York City in 2010. [98]

Coppola has maintained a low public profile for her family, aiming for her daughters' lives to be unaffected by her career and travel. When asked if her choices as a parent to keep her children out of the spotlight is a result of her own upbringing, Coppola has explained that she never wants her children to be jaded. [60]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleDirectorWriterProducerNotes
1989 New York Stories NoYesNoSegment: "Life Without Zoë"
1998 Lick the Star YesYesYesShort film
1999 The Virgin Suicides YesYesNo
2003 Lost in Translation YesYesYes
2006 Marie Antoinette YesYesYes
2010 Somewhere YesYesYes
2013 The Bling Ring YesYesYes
2017 The Beguiled YesYesYes
2020 On the Rocks YesYesYes
2023 Fairyland NoNoYes
Priscilla YesYesYes

Television

YearTitleDirectorWriterExecutive
Producer
Notes
2015 A Very Murray Christmas YesYesYesTelevision special

Stage

YearTitleNotes
2017La TraviataOpera in Rome Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

Music videos

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Acting roles

Film

YearTitleRoleDirectorNotes
1972 The Godfather Michael Francis Rizzi (Infant) Francis Ford Coppola Uncredited
1974 The Godfather Part II Child on Ship
1983 The Outsiders Little GirlCredited as Domino
Rumble Fish Donna
1984 Frankenweenie Anne Chambers Tim Burton
The Cotton Club Child in StreetFrancis Ford Coppola
1986 Peggy Sue Got Married Nancy Kelcher
1987 Anna Noodle Yurek Bogayevicz
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Girl at Mellon Publicity EventFrancis Ford CoppolaUncredited
1990 The Godfather Part III Mary Corleone
The Spirit of '76 Girl in Parade Lucas Reiner Uncredited
1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland Cindy Jefery Levy
1999 Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Saché George Lucas
2001 CQ Enzo's Mistress Roman Coppola

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986–1987 Faerie Tale Theatre Child / Gwendolyn2 episodes
2022 What We Do in the Shadows HerselfEpisode: "Freddie"

Music videos

Awards and nominations

Coppola was nominated for three Academy Awards for her film Lost in Translation (2003), in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. She would go on to win for Best Original Screenplay, losing the other two nominations to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King . Coppola's nomination for Best Director made her the first American woman to be nominated in that category, and the third woman overall, after Lina Wertmüller and Jane Campion. In 2010, Kathryn Bigelow became the fourth woman to be nominated, and the first to win the award. Coppola, however, remains the youngest woman to be nominated in the category. Her win for Best Original Screenplay (along with her cousin Nicolas Cage's 1996 win for Best Actor) resulted in her family becoming the second three-generation Oscar-winning family, with her grandfather Carmine Coppola and her father Francis Ford Coppola having previously won Oscars as well. The first family to achieve this feat was the Huston family, for wins by Walter, John, and Anjelica. For her work on Lost in Translation, Coppola also won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture and Best Screenplay, in addition to receiving three Independent Spirit Awards and three BAFTA Award nominations.

On September 11, 2010, Coppola's film Somewhere won the Golden Lion, the top prize at the Venice International Film Festival. [99] Coppola became the first American woman and the fourth American filmmaker to win the award. [4]

In 2016, Coppola's musical comedy special A Very Murray Christmas earned her a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.

On May 28, 2017, Coppola was awarded the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her film The Beguiled, making her the second woman and the first American woman to win the award. [2] [3]

Awards and nominations received by Coppola's films
YearTitleAcademy AwardsBAFTA AwardsGolden Globe AwardsCannes/Venice Film Festival
NominationsWinsNominationsWinsNominationsWinsNominationsWins
1999 The Virgin Suicides 2
2003 Lost in Translation 41835322
2006 Marie Antoinette 11321
2010 Somewhere 11
2013 The Bling Ring 1
2017 The Beguiled 21
2020 On the Rocks 1
2023 Priscilla 121
Total5211363126

Books

Released on November 1, 2023. Archive by Sofia Coppola is a personal collection with behind the scene content, scripts, photographs, and development behind each film. Including content from all eight of her films The Virgin Suicides (1999), Lost in Translation (2003), The Beguiled (2017), and Priscilla (2023). The book has a total of 488 pages. Archive is personally edited and annotated by Coppola herself. [100] [101]

See also

Notes

  1. At the 67th Venice International Film Festival , Coppola became the first American woman (and fourth American filmmaker) to win the Golden Lion in the festival's history.
  2. At the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, Coppola became the second woman (and first American woman) to win Best Director in the festival's history.
  3. At the 76th Academy Awards, Coppola also became the first American woman and the youngest woman to be nominated in the directing category.

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Mary Corleone is a fictional character in The Godfather Part III, portrayed by Sofia Coppola. She is the daughter of Michael Corleone and Kay Adams and sister of Anthony Vito Corleone.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Elle Fanning</span> American actress (born 1998)

Mary Elle Fanning is an American actress. She made her film debut as a child as the younger version of her sister Dakota Fanning's character in the drama film I Am Sam and in the miniseries Taken (2002). She appeared in several other films as a child actress, including Daddy Day Care (2003), Babel (2006), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Phoebe in Wonderland, and the miniseries The Lost Room (2006). She then had leading roles in Sofia Coppola's drama Somewhere (2010) and J. J. Abrams' science fiction film Super 8 (2011).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Roman Coppola</span> American filmmaker

Roman François Coppola is an American filmmaker. He is the son of Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola.

<i>Marie Antoinette</i> (2006 film) 2006 film directed by Sofia Coppola

Marie Antoinette is a 2006 historical drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. It is based on the life of Queen Marie Antoinette, played by Kirsten Dunst, in the years leading to the French Revolution. It won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. It was released in the United States on October 20, 2006, by Sony Pictures Releasing.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Harris Savides</span> American cinematographer

Harris Savides was an American cinematographer. Nominated for a BAFTA Award and five Independent Spirit Award, he is most known for his collaborations with director Gus Van Sant including Finding Forrester (2000), Gerry (2002), Elephant (2003), Last Days (2005), Milk (2008), and Restless (2011).

Brian Reitzell is an American musician, composer, record producer and music supervisor best known for his work on many film and TV soundtracks. He is notable for working extensively with the American film director Sofia Coppola. He was formerly the drummer for the LA punk band Redd Kross. He has collaborated extensively with the French electronica duo Air, having performed drums on their albums The Virgin Suicides and 10 000 Hz Legend. Reitzell also toured with the band on their "Moon Safari" tour in 1998 and again in 2000 and 2001. In 2003, he was nominated for a BAFTA, along with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine, for the score to Lost in Translation.

Sarah Flack is an American film editor. She frequently worked with American independent film directors Steven Soderbergh and Sofia Coppola. Flack's work on Lost in Translation won her the BAFTA Award for Best Editing. The film went on to win numerous other awards, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film. She won a Primetime Emmy Award and an American Cinema Editors Eddie award with Robert Pulcini for co-editing the HBO film "Cinema Verite".

<i>Somewhere</i> (film) 2010 film directed by Sofia Coppola

Somewhere is a 2010 drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola. The film follows Johnny Marco, a newly famous actor, as he recuperates from a minor injury at the Chateau Marmont, a well-known Hollywood retreat. Despite money, fame and professional success, Marco is trapped in an existential crisis and has an emotionally empty daily life. When his ex-wife suffers an unexplained breakdown and goes away, she leaves Cleo, their 11-year-old daughter, in his care. They spend time together and her presence helps Marco mature and accept adult responsibility. The film explores ennui among Hollywood stars, the father–daughter relationship and offers an oblique comedy of show business, particularly Hollywood filmmaking and the life of a "star".

Richard Beggs is an American sound designer who has worked on more than 70 films since 1979. He won an Academy Award for Best Sound for the film Apocalypse Now. a TEC Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Film Sound, and has received seven Golden Reel Award sound nominations. He has designed sound for Sofia Coppola's films The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette, Somewhere, The Bling Ring and The Beguiled. His other sound design credits include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Children of Men, Adaptation, The Godfather Part III, Palo Alto, Bugsy, Rain Man, and Ghostbusters.

<i>The Bling Ring</i> 2013 film directed by Sofia Coppola

The Bling Ring is a 2013 crime film written and directed by Sofia Coppola featuring an ensemble cast led by Emma Watson, Katie Chang, Israel Broussard, Taissa Farmiga, Claire Julien, Georgia Rock and Leslie Mann. It is based on the 2010 Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins" by Nancy Jo Sales, which dealt with a real-life gang known as the Bling Ring. The story follows a group of fame-obsessed teenagers who use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to burgle their homes.

Katherine Chang is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Rebecca Ahn in The Bling Ring (2013), Ellen Reeves in A Birder's Guide to Everything (2013), and Claire Connors in The Outcasts (2017).

<i>The Beguiled</i> (2017 film) 2017 film directed by Sofia Coppola

The Beguiled is a 2017 American Southern Gothic psychological thriller film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Thomas P. Cullinan. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. It is the second film adaptation of Cullinan's novel, following Don Siegel's 1971 film of the same name.

<i>Priscilla</i> (film) 2023 film by Sofia Coppola

Priscilla is a 2023 American biographical drama film written, directed, and produced by Sofia Coppola, based on the 1985 memoir Elvis and Me by Priscilla Presley and Sandra Harmon. It follows the life of Priscilla and her complicated romantic relationship with Elvis Presley.

<i>Priscilla</i> (soundtrack) 2023 soundtrack album by various artists

Priscilla (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) is the soundtrack to the 2023 film Priscilla, directed by Sofia Coppola. Based on the life of actress Priscilla Presley and her relationship with singer-actor Elvis, the film stars Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi as the respective main characters. The soundtrack was supervised by the French indie pop band Phoenix and Randall Poster. The former, which contributed to elements of the film score not included in the soundtrack. The soundtrack also features contributions from the duo Sons of Raphael.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
for Lost in Translation

2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by César Award for Best Foreign Film
for Lost in Translation

2005
Succeeded by