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“His contributions have taken the art form to a whole new level,” Sherak said.

Coppola said he felt “blessed” when he got word of the award.

“It is sort of the ultimate award for producing,” he said in an interview. “I’ve been a writer, a director and I have more than gotten my share of those honors. The Thalberg Award, for me, is kind of a trifecta.”

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AP Entertainment Writer Michael Cidoni contributed to this report.

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