Today in History: March 27, ‘Godfather’ wins best picture

Today marks an important day in history, as it was on this day in 1973 that the iconic mob drama ‘The Godfather' won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, ‘The Godfather' was released in 1972 and starred Marlon Brando and Al Pacino as the two titular characters.

‘The Godfather' was an instant classic and set the standard for gangster films for years to come. It was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won three, including Best Picture. It also won Best Actor for Brando, Best Adapted Screenplay for Coppola and Mario Puzo, and Best Original Score for composer Nino Rota.

The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Mario Puzo, and tells the story of the Corleone family, an Italian-American mob family in 1940s New York. The story follows the family's patriarch, Vito Corleone (Brando), and his son, Michael Corleone (Pacino), as they struggle to maintain power and control in a changing world.

In the decades since its release, ‘The Godfather' has become a cultural phenomenon, inspiring numerous sequels and spin-offs, as well as influencing countless other films and television shows. It has also been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry for its “cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance”.

On this day in history, ‘The Godfather' was honored with the Academy Award for Best Picture, making it one of the most iconic films of all time.