Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture: Kramer vs. Kramer
Our choice for Best Picture of the Year: Apocalypse Now
‘“Apocalypse Now is not about Vietnam; it is Vietnam," writer-director Francis Ford Coppola said of his infamous war epic in 1979, the year of the film's original release. "And the way we made it was very much like the way the Americans were in Vietnam. We had access to too much money, too much equipment; and little by little we went insane."
After a trouble-plagued production described as a "nightmare" by its participants, and despite charges of overreaching self-indulgence on the part of its creator, Coppola's film is considered by many to be one of the greatest -- if not the greatest -- of all anti-war movies. Inspired by Joseph Conrad's 1902 novella Heart of Darkness, it depicts war as a descent into madness, as the anguished Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) is assigned to find and execute Lt. Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando), an AWOL Special Forces officer who has set himself up as an all-powerful avenging angel among head-hunting villagers in a Cambodian jungle. As he heads upriver in his search, Willard encounters various horrors of combat, not the least of which is the supermacho, semi-psychotic Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall).’
(Taken from: Roger Fristoe’s articule at TCM.com)