Al Pacino to Present D.W. Griffith Award to Francis Ford Coppola

March 5, 1998

WHAT: The Directors Guild of America’s 50TH Annual Awards Dinner

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 1998.
Arrivals: 5:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Awards Program: 7:45 PM

WHO: Feature Film nominees James L. Brooks, James Cameron, Curtis Hanson, Steven Spielberg and Gus Van Sant.

Other nominees including James Burrows, Chris Carter, William Friedkin and Charles Haid.

Lifetime Achievement Award recipients including Martha Coolidge, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Sidney.

Presenters including Candice Bergen, LeVar Burton, Helen Hunt, Christine Lahti, James McDaniel, Anthony Minghella, Debbi Morgan, Al Pacino, Jimmy Smits and Jeffrey Tambor.

Other attendees including Kim Basinger, Matt Damon, Minnie Driver, Peter Fonda, Robert Forster, Jerry Seinfeld, Martin Sheen and Gary Sinise.

WHERE: Century Plaza Hotel
2020 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles Ballroom
Century City, CA

TECH INFO: Arrivals positions are on a first come/first serve basis. The press area for arrivals coverage will be roped off at the bottom of the escalator leading to the ballroom. Press room positions are also on a first come/first serve basis. There will be a multboxed audio/video live feed of the Awards Program available in the press room—crews should bring their own decks to plug into the multbox. The Pacific Palisades Room will serve as the Press Room.

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