Which 1979 film featured American actor Martin Sheen and earned eight Academy Award nominations, winning two?
Martin Sheen (born 1940) is an American professional actor. While he has appeared in multiple films and a notable TV series, ‘The West Wing’ (1999 - 2006) where he played to role of U.S. President Josiah Bartlet, it was the film ‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979) that earned him a nomination for the Best Actor in a Leading Role, a British Academy Film Award given for an actor who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a film. He played the role of Captain Benjamin Willard in a war film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola (born 1939).
The film follows a river journey from South Vietnam into Cambodia undertaken by Sheen, who is on a secret mission to assassinate Colonel Kurtz, played by Marlon Brando (1924-2004), a renegade Army Special Forces officer accused of murder and who is presumed insane. The film runs for almost 2 1/2 hours and includes a number of other notable actors- Robert Duvall (born 1931) and Dennis Hopper (1936 - 2010).
‘Apocalypse Now” was nominated for 8 Academy Awards (United States) including Best Picture, Best Director (Coppola), Best Supporting Actor (Duvall), Best Writing-Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, Best Art Direction, and Best Film Editing; it won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
The music for the film was composed by American Carmine Valentino Coppola (1910-1991), father of Francis Ford Coppola.